Deshaun Watson of the Cleveland Browns admitted in court last week that a female massage therapist ended up crying during one of their encounters. At his pretrial deposition in Houston on Friday, the NFL star told the judge that he sent the woman an apology through a text message but maintains he was unaware of what has caused her to cry. 

According to USA Today, Watson’s admittance in his transcript verifies a part of the claims against him by 22 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct during these massage sessions from early 2020 to March 2021. In his deposition, the question as to what has caused the woman to cry is still left unanswered by Watson as he strongly believed he had no idea what brought on her reaction. 

A screenshot of his text message was presented to the judge by the woman’s lawyer, Tony Buzbee read, “Sorry about you feeling uncomfortable,” he wrote. “Never were the intentions. Lmk if you want to work in the future. My apologies.”

The massage therapist is suing Watson for civil assault, claiming that he purposely touched her with his penis while performing the massage. She said his actions caused her to feel scared and made her cry. Buzbee grilled Watson during the deposition asking him to admit that he knew the reason why he sent the text apology.

“Yes, because she was teary-eyed,” Watson replied. “I assumed that she was uncomfortable for whatever reason. And so, I said, 'We can work in the future.  Just let me know.’ And then I sent my apologies as whatever reason she was teary-eyed for.”

The 26-year-old quarterback has maintained his innocence and denied any wrongdoing on his part. The NFL continues to investigate the case with the possibility of suspending Watson for violation of its policies on personal conduct. The NFL is due to meet with Watson this week to further determine if he did commit any violations. 

In an email from NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy, he wrote, "We will decline comment as the review is active and ongoing,"

Watson has not been charged for any of these cases with two Texas grand juries declining to indict him on criminal charges. 

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