Deshaun Watson’s Charges

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Joey Shqair, Journalist

Deshaun Watson was an NFL superstar! At a young age, Deshaun Watson got selected by the Houston Texans 12th overall in the 2017 NFL draft. He was a star for about 4 years, often leading his team into the playoffs. He was the future and the franchise of the Texans, until March of 2021, when Deshaun Watson was charged with sexual assault.

To start off, Watson had dealt with this drama for about a year and a half. Over the time, 22 women gained up against him. Twenty-two women had accused Watson of assault in lawsuits filed in Harris County, Texas. The lawyer representing them, Tony Buzbee, said the women echoed each another’s claims of sexual harrasment against Deshaun Watson.

Eventually time went on and on March 11, 2022, Watson was cleared of charges. The reason was that there was not enough evidence against him, so after investigation the charges were dismissed. Deshaun was now not facing any criminal charges and was good to play football.

Next, as Watson’s case got cleared,he was rumored to be up for trading and teams were interested. The teams that had a big chance were the Panthers, Saints, Browns, and the Falcons. Deshaun knew in his mind where he wanted to land, but kept it to himself. Eventually all the rumors came down to the Falcons, but he said no, and got onto the Cleveland Browns. The full trade details are that the Browns will receive Watson and a 2024 sixth-round draft choice (which was originally a fifth-round pick), while the Texans will receive a 2022 first-round pick (No. 13 overall), 2023 and 2024 first-round picks, a 2022 fourth-round choice (No. 107), a third-round pick in 2023 and a fourth-round pick in 2024!

To end off, Deshaun’s career got a lot better! He had no criminal charges and went to the team he wanted to go to. As an add on, the Browns also paired him up with some great players such as former Cowboys star wide receiver Amari Cooper. The Browns got help on the offensive line as well as some other positions, and are getting Deshaun Watson really good help so he can succeed after not playing for a whole year! Deshaun ended up being very successful in the end!

Bibliography

https://www.nfl.com/players/deshaun-watson/

https://theathletic.com/2496073/2022/03/24/timeline-of-deshaun-watson-sexual-assault-lawsuits-lawyer-for-texans-owner-tried-to-broker-mediation/

https://www.npr.org/2022/03/22/1088097164/deshaun-watson-cleared-of-criminal-charges-pertaining-to-sexual-misconduct-accus