Rusty Hardin should stick to saying less.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s lawyer is doing him no favors in the eye of public perception with his latest comments.
Hardin was on the SportsRadio 610 station out of Houston and said that essentially happy endings to a massage are not illegal.
“I don’t know how many men are out there now that have had a massage that perhaps occasionally there was a happy ending,” Hardin said. “Maybe there’s nobody in your listening audience that that ever happened to. I do want to point out, if it has happened, it’s not a crime. OK? Unless you are paying somebody extra or so to give you some type of sexual activity, it’s not a crime. . . . Doing something or saying something or being a way that makes you uncomfortable is not a crime.”
Watson has 23 accusers which will soon be 24 within the next few days.
The Browns’ quarterback has been adamant there was no wrongdoing, but has revealed that a few of the massage sessions ended in sex, which he contends were all consenual.
Hardin remains adamant that Watson has done nothing wrong.
“We’ve had two grand juries find that, but nobody seems to want to listen.”
According to the litigation filed by Nia Smith, who filed the 23rd lawsuit, the Browns QB offered the six-figure sum to each of his accusers but requested an “aggressive” non-disclosure agreement in return.
The sum of money was also a detail amid the reported trade talks between the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans to settle on a trade deal for Watson. Miami wanted Watson’s case settled before swapping capital.
Instead, Watson went to Cleveland and signed a $230 million fully-guaranteed contract.