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After Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans was named to the NFL’s Top 100 Players list, the league released an unsettling video.

Before to the 2021 season, the NFL is in the midst of releasing its Top 100 players list.
Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for the Houston Texans, is highlighted extensively for the second year in a row.
According to the league’s announcement on Sunday afternoon, Watson is rated 18th.
Many people were perplexed by the accolade.
In 22 civil lawsuits and ten criminal complaints, Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct and assault.
So why is Watson listed among the NFL’s top 100 players?
It wasn’t the NFL’s decision, to be sure.
The players, not the league or NFL Network, vote on the annual Top 100.
For the fourth year in a row, the players chose Watson, who led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards last season.
His career-high ranking of 18 is the highest of his career.
MORE: What you need to know about Deshaun Watson’s lawsuits That said, the NFL was clearly not pleased with Watson’s inclusion on the list, or at the very least, it didn’t congratulate him on his accomplishment.
Instead, the league created an extremely unsettling video to go along with the award.
It opened with this comment from the narrator: “Nobody knows when Deshaun Watson will take the field again.” It had zero player interviews, which are usually a hallmark of the rankings.
His future is in doubt.
But his talent is undeniable.” See the entire 87-second video on the NFL’s YouTube channel.
It’s impossible to hold the NFL responsible for the video, but given the claims against Watson, it’s worth considering why it was made at all.
The league could have simply confirmed his inclusion on the list and went on with its business.
The NFL has yet to decide whether or not to sanction Watson for breaching the league’s personal conduct rules, and a decision is unlikely to be made anytime soon.
Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, stated that the league has not yet contacted Watson or his legal counsel.
According to Yahoo Sports, “the NFL frequently tries to avoid contacting the defendant and his lawyers and seeking evidence from them until the criminal investigation is completed.”
“Historically, they’ve wanted to avoid interfering with criminal investigations.”
When the criminal inquiry is over, they will proceed with their own separate follow-up.
I’ve had no interaction with the NFL other than a phone call to say, ‘When the time is right, we will completely comply.’
‘You let us know,’ and that is exactly what will happen.”

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Is it possible that Deshaun Watson will be a ‘healthy scratch’ for the whole 2021 season?

Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for the Houston Texans, stated that he would never play for the team again.
He might receive his dream in theory, but not in the way he envisioned.
In January, Watson demanded a trade, expressing a desire to leave the Texans organization.
Houston refused to move him, turning down offers from all over the league and doing everything they could to persuade the Pro Bowl quarterback to stay.
When the first of 22 sexual misconduct allegations against the Texans franchise quarterback surfaced, it marked the beginning of a legal saga that is still ongoing.
Watson’s NFL future is becoming increasingly questionable as he faces 22 legal lawsuits and ten criminal allegations.
The Texans are open to trading him, but only if they get their original asking price.
Given the uncertainty surrounding Watson, it’s unlikely that any team will be willing to pay the Texans’ high asking price.
Watson is stranded in Houston owing to teams’ aversion to the risks, and ESPN’s Sarah Barshop revealed on Outside the Lines that he may not play again in 2021.
“(Rusty) Hardin claims Watson hasn’t even met with NFL investigators for this, which he says is common of his clients because the NFL prefers to wait until the criminal aspect of the investigation is over before conducting the interview.”
Watson’s participation in Texans activities is currently unrestricted by the NFL.
If that doesn’t change before the start of the season, if the league doesn’t place Watson on the Commissioners Exempt list, we might see him spend the year as a healthy scratch on the Texans 53-man roster.”ESPN’s Sarah Barshop on Deshaun Watson’s Future The NFL isn’t going to rush a decision on Watson.
As the league conducts its own inquiry, which has been criticized by his accusers, it will first await the outcome of the criminal proceedings.
The worst moment to explore a trade for Watson is now for teams like the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, and Miami Dolphins.
Houston isn’t willing to decrease its asking price, even if it means keeping Watson and risking his worth plummeting even further.
Thus, unless anything drastic happens, he’ll be stuck on the Texans’ roster.
It’s possible that the NFL intervenes before the start of the season and places Watson on the Commissioner’s Exempt list, which is essentially paid leave.
If that happens, any time he misses may not be counted toward a possible penalty that will be imposed after the investigations are completed.
It would be surprising if Deshaun Watson played for anyone in 2021, given how he has been used in practice and where he is listed on the depth chart by the Texans.

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Mike Florio discusses why Deshaun Watson isn’t on paid leave in the NFL.

Fans of the NFL are accustomed to seeing contentious players placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation into their actions.
Many expected this to be the course of action when the Deshaun Watson problem blew up, but the Houston Texans quarterback’s situation did not follow suit.
Despite credible allegations of sexual misconduct against him, Deshaun Watson has yet to be placed on paid leave.
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If true, there might be accusations of human trafficking or prostitution — Amy Dash (@AmyDashTV) August 13, 2021 According to Mike Florio’s latest report, the reason Watson hasn’t been placed on paid leave yet is due to the unique nature of his situation.
Deshaun Watson wanted a trade from the Houston Texans prior to the sexual misconduct case against him exploding, with accusers going on public with the charges.
Two of the 22 women who have accused Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct have gone public with their stories https://t.co/Z5zGyTna4z pic.twitter.com/mgzjxLi2re — Jezebel (@Jezebel) April 7, 2021
As a result, neither the team nor the player have reached an impasse.
Rather, both say Deshaun Watson should not play in the NFL again for the Houston Texans.
There is a slim chance that Deshaun Watson will play this season due to a lack of disagreement between the parties.
This circumstance also benefits the Houston Texans, as a player who has been placed on paid leave by the NFL is difficult to deal.
In terms of seeking for trade partners, this development is significant for Texas.
Paid leave is a possibility if Deshaun Watson decides to play, according to sources. It’s quite possible that the Houston Texans have had secret talks with the NFL about Deshaun Watson’s case.
The league also wants to avoid any unfavorable public relations consequences.
As time is given to the player’s scandals, any paid leave case receives a lot of media attention.
The last thing the league needs is a distraction now that pre-season is in full flow and the regular season is just around the corner.
Deshaun Watson, despite his suspicions that backchannel negotiations between his team and the NFL are taking place, is not challenging the existing quo.
He’s had his fill of attention and will want to stay out of the limelight.
Given that the current circumstances are favorable to all parties involved, this situation is unlikely to progress unless the matter is resolved.
The only way the situation can change is if Deshaun Watson signs with an NFL team this season while the sexual misconduct claims against him remain unresolved.
If that happens, the NFL will most certainly resort to paid leave as a last resort.
Colin D’Cunha edited the piece.

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During the Deshaun Watson investigation, women were enraged by questioning from NFL investigators.

In a piece published Friday by Sports Illustrated, two women expressed their displeasure with some of the tactics used by NFL investigators during their interviews with them over their interaction with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Ashley Solis told SI that NFL investigators asked her what she was wearing while working with Watson, which “honestly pissed me off.” In her lawsuit, Solis detailed incidences of Watson’s sexual misbehavior, including his putting his penis in her palm.
“She said that that’s something she has to ask,” Solis told SI. “I don’t believe it at all.”
Former prosecutors Lisa Friel and Jennifer Gaffney, who now lead the NFL’s personal-conduct policy investigators, were the ones who spoke with Solis, Lauren Baxley, and the other eight women who have filed a lawsuit against Watson.
Watson has disputed the claims through his attorney, Rusty Hardin.
According to Baxley, the NFL investigators’ approach of questioning was “patronizing” and “victim-blaming.”
She described her interview with the Houston Police Department as “extremely respectful and trauma-informed.” Solis and Baxley were both implicated in the case at a news conference in April.
SI stated they agreed to an interview last week, despite Watson’s continued presence on the Texans’ roster.
Watson has donned the team’s uniform, but has yet to participate in any of the team’s sessions.
His participation in the league is said to be “unrestricted.”
He is still subject to the NFL’s personal conduct policy, which permits commissioner Roger Goodell to intervene and potentially penalize players who break the league’s standards even if no official criminal charges have been brought.
Buzbee told SI that Solis and Baxley wanted to speak with the NFL because they wanted to hear “unfiltered testimonies directly from them.” He also stated that after his first three clients were interviewed, he was there for the fourth to “re-set the tone,” and that further interviews have gone better, SI reported.
According to ESPN’s Kimberley A. Smith, the NFL
The NFL said the evaluation of the “serious allegations” against Watson “remains ongoing and active,” adding that “we are working constructively with the Houston Police Department and ensuring that the NFL’s probe does not interfere with their investigation.” Martin said on Friday that “no change to [Watson’s] status as the investigations by the Houston Police Department and the league continue.”

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Plaintiffs in the Deshaun Watson case slam the NFL’s inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct.

Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for the Houston Texans, is the subject of an NFL investigation as he faces 22 civil lawsuits alleging various acts of sexual assault, and two of his plaintiffs have gone public with their stories.
Licensed massage therapists Ashley Solis and Lauren Baxley come up about Watson’s alleged misbehavior in detail in Jenny Vrentas’ Sports Illustrated cover story on Friday, and were scathing of how the NFL is handling its investigation.
Baxley’s depiction of her interactions with NFL personal conduct investigators Lisa Friel and Jennifer Gaffney paints a negative picture of the league.
As compared to the Houston Police Department, Baxley believes they fell short in their questioning: “My forensic interview [with HPD] was highly polite and trauma-informed.”
They let me talk without interruption, whereas Lisa Friel and the [other NFL investigator] cut me off, questioned things, and circled around.
[…] Attempting to catch me off guard
They didn’t, but they were seeking for flaws that they could exploit.” As for Solis, she was enraged that one of the things the NFL asked her regarding her massage sessions with Watson was about her clothes.
The inference was that Solis was dressed provocatively, but Vrentas cut to the chase with Solis’ genuine response: “I wear what I always wear when I massage: yoga pants and a T-shirt.” Solis also claimed that the league was “taking a statement” against women and sexual assault survivors by allowing Watson to participate in Texans practices.
“Watson is entitled to a fair trial.”
But, the NFL and Roger Goodell have let me down.
“And by choosing inaction, they have failed the other women,” Solis continued.
Both Solis and Baxley have faced various sorts of trauma and heckling since coming forward publicly.
Solis said her private studio apartment was broken into not long after she first went forward with her charges against Watson at a news conference in April, and Baxley’s therapist diagnosed her with complex PTSD.
Although Watson reported to the Texans training camp to avoid being penalized, it was more to avoid being fined than to actually participate.
Watson requested a trade out of Houston prior to the flood of allegations brought against him, but his career remains in jeopardy until the NFL conducts its investigation.

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As quarterback Deshaun Watson returns to camp, Texans general manager David Culley says he has “no opinion” on his preseason appearances.

Deshaun Watson, the embattled Houston Texans quarterback, returned to practice Monday after missing almost a week of team exercises, but fans shouldn’t consider his presence this week as a sign of what’s to come in the coming season.
When reporters inquired if the Texans planned to play Watson in the preseason, first-year coach David Culley had little to say during a press conference on Tuesday.
DESHAUN WATSON’S ACCUSER DISCUSSES MASSAGE REQUESTS IN GRAPHIC DETAIL “No comment,” he replied on the NFL Network.
The inquiry was in response to general manager Nick Caserio’s statements the day before, in which he stated that Watson would most likely not fly to Green Bay to play in the Packers’ first preseason game.
On Tuesday, Culley reaffirmed that sentiment.
“He’s unlikely to play in the game for sure,” Culley said, “so we’ll make a judgment later in the week as to what’s going to happen with that.”
The allegations are being investigated by Houston police and the NFL, but no charges have been filed.
This article was written with the help of the Associated Press.

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Deshaun Watson is unlikely to travel with the Texans for the preseason opener, according to GM Nick Caserio.

Watson missed roughly a week of training camp practices and finally returned to the field on Monday.
He was out due to ankle and calf problems, according to the official explanation for his absence.
Watson wasn’t getting much work when he was practicing, as he was relegated to fourth-string quarterback and defensive safety at times.
The Texans’ quarterback position is in limbo, as Watson’s trade demand has been exacerbated by a personal crisis involving multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Houston is attempting to establish a new, winning culture under Caserio and new head coach David Culley while talk about the reigning NFL passing leaders’ future continues to swirl.
The Watson debacle isn’t helping that cause at all.
Even if Watson was in good standing with the team, he presumably wouldn’t get many reps in game action during the preseason.
In Houston’s quarterback depth chart, veteran journeyman Tyrod Taylor is the anticipated starter.
On Saturday, he should get some reps at Lambeau Field, but most Texans fans will be looking forward to rookie third-round selection Davis Mills’ debut.
Watson’s lack of presence will almost certainly be masked by the Packers’ own quarterback problem.
Jordan Love will play his first NFL snaps, and how he looks as Aaron Rodgers’ ultimate successor — happily for the Texans — will take precedence over any lingering narratives about Watson’s absence.

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According to reports, the Texans are still trying to persuade Deshaun Watson to return in 2021.

Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for the Houston Texans, demanded a trade this offseason, determined to leave an organization he no longer trusted before the start of the 2021 season.
Watson’s future in the NFL and with the Texans is still up in the air as Week 1 approaches.
Watson demanded a trade in January and became the hottest name in the NFL trade market almost immediately.
The Texans, on the other hand, refused to trade him, even when teams offered several first-round picks and young assets.
Houston was confident in its ability to mend a strained relationship and had no intention of relocating its star.
The first of 22 sexual misconduct charges against Watson surfaced months later.
He is currently the subject of 22 civil cases and ten criminal complaints.
While the Texans appear to be more open to a trade if a historic price is met, it appears that the team is still fighting to keep the problematic quarterback.
The Texans aren’t giving up on encouraging Watson to stay, according to Yahoo Sports NFL expert Charles Robinson.
While many believe it is impossible, the NFL star’s front office and coaching staff are attempting to persuade him to return for another season.
As Robinson points out, it’s not even about a long-term commitment to Watson.
Instead, the team is attempting to replicate the success of the Green Bay Packers with Aaron Rodgers.
The reigning NFL MVP has signed a contract extension for 2021 after the team committed to honor his trade request next year.
This appears to make sense for Houston.
According to reports, Watson’s camp is preparing for possible grand jury proceedings, which would be a big step toward more serious criminal charges.
Inquiring NFL teams would be hesitant to sign Watson, fearing that he would not play at all in 2021.
Houston isn’t interested in trading Watson for a bargain, which is the only offer currently being made.
Thus, until a significantly better offer comes in or Watson’s legal concerns are miraculously rectified, the Texans appear set on keeping him.
But, even if he remains on the roster, the matter will not be resolved.
Watson’s demand for a trade was not swayed by the hiring of David Culley as head coach, a choice made with the locker room in mind.
To avoid playing for the Texans, Watson was willing to sit out numerous games, possibly even the entire 2021 season.
He was dissatisfied with the team’s appointment of general manager Nick Caserio, and reports revealed organizational turmoil under CEO Jack Easterby.
Perhaps Watson is willing to put all of his problems aside in order to be compensated this season.
Even if this is true, the NFL might intervene at any time and send him on paid leave.
In the end, it would be a shock if he ever took another snap for the franchise.

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As the investigation into Deshaun Watson continues, the NFL says there are no limits on him.

The NFL announced in a statement to The Athletic on Tuesday that quarterback Deshaun Watson’s involvement in Houston Texans activities is currently “unrestricted,” while the league continues to examine sexual assault and misconduct allegations against him.
“The NFL’s investigation into the severe allegations leveled against Deshaun Watson is still continuing and active,” according to the statement.
The NFL has not been given access to meet with many of the plaintiffs in the 22 civil complaints filed against Watson, or to relevant third parties, according to a league source.
The league also lacks access to evidence acquired by authorities as part of their ongoing criminal investigation.
On Monday, a spokeswoman for Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, confirmed to The Athletic that ten women had made police complaints against Watson.
According to the spokeswoman, eight of the women are among the 22 women who have filed legal complaints against him.
Watson has not been sued civilly by two women who filed complaints with Houston police.
The Houston Police Department stated that an investigation is underway, but would to say how many people had filed complaints.
Watson has refuted all charges through his counsel.
Watson reported to Texans training camp on Sunday, despite a source told The Athletic on Sunday that he has still requested a trade.
Houston will start practicing on Wednesday.
Watson is still being investigated by the NFL for a possible violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.
The league has not indicated when they might talk to Watson, according to a representative for Hardin’s office.
Watson could still be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list if no criminal charges are filed, depending on the outcome of the NFL’s own investigation.

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As the investigation is underway, the NFL says Deshaun Watson is not restricted from training camp with the Houston Texans.

Despite the 22 active civil cases filed against Deshaun Watson, the NFL has “no limits” on the quarterback’s involvement in club activities, according to a statement released Tuesday by the league.
On Wednesday, the Houston Texans will have their first training camp session.
The first of 23 lawsuits against Watson was filed in April.
Watson is currently facing 22 lawsuits alleging sexual assault or sexually inappropriate behavior during massage sessions.
“The NFL’s investigation into the serious allegations against Deshaun Watson is still ongoing,” the league said in a statement.
“We’re collaborating with the Houston Police Department to make sure the NFL’s investigation doesn’t interfere with theirs.”
“We will make appropriate actions in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Personal Conduct Policy as we continue to acquire new information and monitor law enforcement developments.”
“At this point, Watson’s involvement in club activities remains unrestricted.” According to a league source, the NFL has been denied access to speak with several of the plaintiffs who filed the civil complaints, as well as third parties who may have pertinent information.
The NFL has also been denied access to evidence acquired by authorities throughout their inquiry.
Two of the ten women who have filed complaints with Houston police have not filed lawsuits against Watson, according to Rusty Hardin of ESPN.
On the active roster, the Texans have three quarterbacks: Tyrod Taylor, rookie Davis Mills, and Jeff Driskel.