Sports BLITZ!: MIXED FEELINGS ON DESHAUN WATSON ALLEGATIONS

Like most fans I’m observing what’s going on with the Deshaun Watson situation and not quite clear what to make of it.  On one hand I find it fishy that out of nowhere allegation after allegation is be made against him.  Why now and not before?  The quarterback has been petitioning for a divorce from the Houston Texans the past several months.  He had a stellar reputation from the outside and now all the sudden on the eve of NFL free agency a week ago the first of many sexual allegations was made against him.  Plaintiff lawyer says that they approached Watson and his attorney recently before going public for a settlement, but they refused.  One would think that if a person wasn’t guilty that’s exactly the way they would approach a perceived extortion attempt.  Watson himself, even denied the claims when they first came out earlier in the week.  However, as each additional alleged victim comes forward, they chip away at the likelihood that Watson is completely innocent.  Could 7 or more women that came forward on this all be lying? At some point probability kicks in.  Could this really be who Watson is and Texans simply stopped protecting him as a retaliation for him trying to force his way out?  I’ve noticed that as the claims have piled up, we no longer hear him shouting denials though that could be for legal reasons.  My prediction at this point is we’ll hear some story about how Watson didn’t know he offended anyone or that the activity was consensual.  He’ll be apologetic for unintentionally offending the women.  Or maybe the women will get paid off to go away.  Unfortunately, lastly damage has been done.  Even if all the women were lying people will still find a way to use this incident to hurt his character.  The only people I’ve seen that appear to have shaken off sexual based crime allegations successfully is Donald Trump and Robert Kraft.  Success meaning the allegations not defining them.  Yes, Kobe Bryant went on to great things for example but even when the man died tragically folks made sure to remind people of the rape situation.  Whatever the consequences, I just hope the truth comes out.

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