Deshaun Watson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, released 18 statements from female masseuses defending the NFL quarterback after two more lawsuits were filed against him. Hardin claimed the women worked with Watson during the past five years and completed more than 130 sessions.
"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," Hardin said in a statement. "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 18 statements released by Hardin were all on the record and included names and professional backgrounds for each individual.
"These statements show the other side to this story that has been so lacking in the flurry of anonymous complaints filed by opposing counsel," Hardin added.
Myah Roberson, who was described as "a licensed massage therapist, who has been working in Houston for 10 years, primarily on athletes," described Watson's preferences which were similar to the statements his accusers gave. She claimed that his idea to use only a towel to cover himself came from her and that his requests were not out of the norm.
"I started working with Deshaun in December 2019 after being referred to him by another therapist," Roberson stated. "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," she continued. "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't see him doing any of those things. He was never inappropriate with me. I never felt threatened in any way."
The other 17 statements shared similar experiences with the superstar quarterback. When addressing claims that Watson would become aroused and expose himself, multiple therapists pointed out that that's normal and they're trained on how to handle those situations.
"When working the adductors and groin/pelvic area, it is not uncommon to accidentally graze the penis, but you don't engage it," said Norma Reyna, former Director of Memorial Hermann's massage school. "I teach my students to use a firmer touch or to move to a different area if a client gets aroused during a session, which sometimes happens."
As of writing, 21 women have filed lawsuits against Watson over his alleged sexual misconduct. Watson has denied all accusations.
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