Ideally, the evaluation and treatment of the Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will result in an eventual acknowledgment that, despite his claims of innocence, he engaged in wrongdoing. It becomes more difficult for this to happen, in practice, if he continues to be surrounded by enablers and excuses.
On Thursday, Agent David Mulugheta tweeted (then deleted) an attack on Judge Sue L. Robinsoneven though the NFL Players Association tried to persuade the NFL to respect its decision – and did not appeal.
Also on Thursday, another agent from the same firm, Andre Odom, drew a bizarre comparison between Watson’s situation and another high-profile case of sexual impropriety.
“I see all the responses and anger regarding the Deshaun Watson decision,” Odom tweeted. “Fair. I’m curious to know why was there so much silence on the child trafficking case involving [Jeffrey] Epstein, [Ghislaine] Maxwell and the others? Where was that anger and indignation? Children matter too! Where is the turmoil???
We contacted Odom via text message, giving him the opportunity to elaborate. He did not answer.
Obviously, there was no “silence” in the Epstein case. It was a big deal. He received significant coverage. Epstein committed suicide in prison. Maxwell was convicted.
Either way, it’s not a situation that requires What is that. Watson, according to Judge Robinson, committed four cases of non-violent sexual assault. His decision to accept an 11-game suspension and pay a $5 million fine, coupled with his constant insistence that he did nothing wrong, invites closer scrutiny.
Watson’s best interests, in my view, are not served by the aggressively dogged efforts of those who represent him to cry his innocence – and (at times) to challenge members of the media to, for example, focus on the lies and the alleged inconsistencies. of Watson’s accusers. Watson’s agents and attorneys have had a full and fair chance to do so, both in the court of public opinion and in the 24 civil lawsuits filed against him. Lawyer Rusty Hardin says all the women lie, while proclaiming there’s no crime in trying to find a “happy ending” to a massage.
At some point, Watson’s agents have to stop circling the cars and start telling Watson some hard truths. He was never declared innocent, by anyone. The prosecutor didn’t want to have to try to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, relying on the civil justice system and internal NFL procedures. Watson settled 24 of the cases against him and he accepted an unprecedented combination of suspension and fine.
He’ll never get where he needs to be if he doesn’t admit where he’s been. Everyone deserves a chance at redemption. But they must want it. Watson, by all appearances, still thinks he doesn’t need it.
Maybe he’ll get there eventually. It becomes much more difficult if those who are supposed to represent his best interests continue to fight long after the battle has been lost.