Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson had more than a few things he needed to share with reporters as he walked into practice this morning. Picking up his head and turning to reporters, Watson asked one question.
"Why are you always filming me every day? It's the same s---," he said.
Watson's outrage comes as a bit of a surprise considering he is typically soft-spoken off of the field. Moreover, he has received major media attention while playing at Clemson University and the Houston Texans for the better part of the last 10 years. With that said, the tone of the media coverage he has received has shifted in recent months due to the severity of the news that surrounds him.
During the offseason, more than two dozen women across several states came forward to allege Watson made inappropriate sexual advances towards them. An overwhelming majority of those women have also taken legal action against Watson.
"Watson's behavior is part of a disturbing pattern of preying on vulnerable women," attorney Tony Buzbee said in March.
"Too many times women have put up with behavior that we all know no one should put up with. Should we make excuses for the famous? Or those who hold special positions, or quarterbacks on a local professional football team? I don’t think so!"
In addition to the civil lawsuits filed against Watson, the Houston Police Department and the NFL have opened their own investigations into the matter.
"The NFL's review of the serious allegations against Deshaun Watson remains ongoing and active," a statement from the NFL reads.
"We are working cooperatively with the Houston Police Department and ensuring that the NFL's inquiry does not interfere with their investigation."
Despite the number of allegations levied against him, Watson has maintained that he is innocent of any and all accusations made against him.
While Watson continues to work through the legal battle that lies ahead, he is practicing with the Houston Texans as they prepare for the 2021-2022 NFL Season. The star quarterback did request a trade during the off-season, but Houston has not made any significant progress toward moving him to a new team.
The Texans and Watson will make their preseason debut on August 14 at 7 p.m in Wisconsin against the Green Bay Packers.