The attorney of Deshaun Watson, Rusty Hardin released statements of 18 massage therapists today saying that Deshaun Watson was never inappropriate with them.
Rusty Hardin says the women all worked with the Houston Texans QB at some point over the past 5 years completing more than 130 sessions without any sort of incident. Hardin issued a statement saying,
“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.”
According to TMZ Sports, the first masseuse interviewed was Myah Roberson a 10 year licensed massage therapist from Houston, who has worked on several 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’t see him doing any of those things. He was never inappropriate with me. I never felt threatened in any way.”
So far, the attorney against Watson has not provided any evidence to the Houston Police Department.