Deshaun Watson is not being accused by all massage therapists, even though the number of accusers grows by the week.
On Wednesday, Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, found at least 18 massage therapists who support the Houston Texans QB and released a press release showing it.
These women say they are deeply troubled by the accusations made against Deshaun and that these claims are wholly inconsistent with their experiences with him and who they believe him to be. All of them stated that Deshaun never made them feel uncomfortable or demanded anything outside the scope of a professional massage. None of them experienced any of the behavior alleged by anonymous plaintiffs in the numerous lawsuits filed by the same Houston attorney.
The following 18 women are voluntarily issuing statements in support of Deshaun with their names attached. “Collectively, they have worked with Deshaun more than 130 times over the past five years,” said Rusty Hardin, founding partner of Rusty Hardin & Associates. “These statements show the other side to this story that has been so lacking in the flurry of anonymous complaints filed by opposing counsel.” Here are their statements in their own words.
Myah Roberson is a licensed massage therapist, who has been working in Houston for 10 years, primarily on athletes. “I started working with Deshaun in December 2019 after being referred to him by another therapist. He sent me a screenshot of a diagram that the head trainer of the Texans gave him, highlighting the muscles that needed to be worked on, which included the groin and hamstrings. He asked if I felt comfortable working on those areas and I said yes, because I am used to working on athletes.
During the massage. Deshaun was more comfortable using a towel than draping sheets over the table; this isn’t unusual at all. I have several clients that prefer using a towel over sheet. We began using a towel, and that became the norm. When I saw that the first lawsuit mentioned a towel, I chuckled because I gave him that idea. And it’s not inappropriate because they teach you in massage school that using a towel is okay. Some of these accusations are so ludicrous. I just can’tsee him doing any of those things. He was never inappropriate with me. I never felt threatened in any way.”
Two more lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior were filed against Deshaun Watson on Tuesday that brought the total to 21.