Deshaun Watson says he ‘never assaulted or disrespected women’ at Browns introductory press conference

Embattled quarterback Deshaun Watson insisted he ‘never assaulted or disrespected’ any woman as the Cleveland Browns introduced him to fans on Friday after the player signed a new multi-million dollar contract.

Watson has faced allegations from at least 22 women who say he sexually assaulted them or behaved inappropriately around them during massage therapy visits.

Watson addressed the mountain of charges against him during Friday’s Browns press conference at the CrossCountry Mortgage Campus and assured fans that he was not brought up to disrespect women.

“I understand that all the circumstances are very difficult, especially for the female side of the fans in this community. I am not naive. I know these allegations are very, very serious,” Watson said at the press conference. “But I have never assaulted any woman. I have never disrespected any woman. I was raised by a single mother who has two aunts, who is a sister, and she raised me.

“I was raised to be authentic and to respect everyone and everything around me,” Watson added. “So I’ve always stood for that and will continue to stick to that. I just want the opportunity to be able to show who I really am in the community and be active and help people and serve others. .

Watson admitted the charges are a “stain” that will be “with me for a while”, but he insisted he was innocent of the charges. “I have never done these things that these people claim,” he exclaimed.

When asked why her claims should be believed in the face of accusations from so many women, Watson replied that “what I can continue to do is tell the truth, and that is that I have never assaulted, disrespected or harassed a woman in my life”.

“As I said before, I was brought up differently,” he added. “It’s not my DNA. It’s not my culture. It’s not me as a person. That’s not how I was raised. For me, it’s to keep pushing forward and showing people who I really am.

For their part, Browns officials, including general manager Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski, said they carefully reviewed the charges and concluded that Watson was a good recruit. The discussion was “a five-month odyssey,” Berry insisted.

However, it was also reported that the “odyssey” investigation into Watson’s suitability for membership in the Browns never included speaking to any of Watson’s accusers.

Despite Watson’s denials and Brown’s assurances, people have many questions:

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