Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson met with at least 66 different women for massages in a 17-month time period, and his former team was complicit in his behavior, according to a report released by the New York Times.
On Tuesday (June 7), the New York Times alleged that Watson met with the 66 women between late 2019 to early 2021. The New York Times also said that the Texans, the QB's former team, provided Watson with a non-disclosure agreement and a hotel room that he used during his massage sessions.
The bombshell report follows the growing number of sexual misconduct lawsuits against Watson, which now tallies to 24. In the past week, two additional lawsuits were filed and brought new allegations to light — Watson allegedly tried to pay 22 accusers $100,000 each to settle out of court and engaged in "more than a hundred" messages with "strangers" via social media.
The NYT report also included context of how Watson allegedly interacted with the massage therapists. The former Texans quarterback "begged" women for oral sex and repeatedly sexualized massage sessions, Tuesday's report said.
The Texans organization allegedly "enabled" his behavior as Brent Naccara, the team's security director, gave Watson an NDA during the time he's accused of having sexual encounters with women under the guise of massage therapy.
According to the New York Times, the Texans also provided Watson with a room at The Houstonian Club & Spa where he met up with at least seven of the women.
Yahoo Sports reports that the Texans have denied knowing about the allegations against Watson before the first lawsuit dropped.
“As we’ve previously stated, our organization was first made aware of the allegations involving Deshaun Watson through a social media post in March 2021,” Omar Majzoub, the director for Texans communication, said in a statement. “Since then, understanding the serious nature of the allegations, we have cooperated with every investigation regarding this matter and we will continue to do so moving forward.”
Prior to Tuesday's report and the two new lawsuits, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league's "ongoing" investigation into Watson would soon be coming to a close.