Deshaun Watson is currently awaiting his fate as the NFL continues disciplinary hearings in the wake of multiple accusations of abuse. The Cleveland Browns quarterback is expected by most to miss several games due to an impending suspension. During the investigation, interesting information about one of Watson’s accusers has come to light.
Josina Anderson, an NFL insider for CBS Sports, said that an interview with one of the alleged victim’s son revealed a major change in her account of what happened. The young man noted that his mother was very complimentary of Deshaun Watson after their massage appointment. Once news of potential abuse broke, her story changed.
Anderson noted that the son heavily hinted that his mother wanted to reward his silence. The recording of his interview was reviewed by Deshaun’s camp. They said the NFL then chose not to include the accuser in the investigation due to her lack of credibility.
“I’m told there’s a recording of an interview with the adult son of 1 of 12 women the NFL interviewed in the Deshaun Watson case —stating his mom initially was complimentary of Watson in their conversations after the massage, but later switched her account and tone after negative allegations surfaced about Watson. The son intimated his mother intended to reward his silence, per league source. There’s a feeling that the NFL was initially cagey about details they learned from the woman’s son—after only mentioning they interviewed him in their report.
The son’s recording was later reviewed by Watson’s side revealing the aforementioned details —presumably illuminating why this particular accuser was not included with the 5 women the NFL ultimately focused on at the hearing.
I was also told the NFL presented no evidence of violence, force, threat or coercion in the allegations of the 5 women they focused on at the hearing before Sue Robinson, as first reported by @ProFootballTalk in part.”
It will be interesting to see if the latest revelation has any effect on the NFL’s decision. Deshaun Watson has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in the matter. The NFL is believed to be seeking a year-long suspension, but Watson’s legal team is doing its best to make sure that doesn’t happen.
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