An agent of a company representing Deshaun Watson makes a strange comparison – NBC Sports

An agent of a company representing Deshaun Watson makes a strange comparison - NBC Sports

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Ideally, the evaluation and treatment of a Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will result in an eventual admission that, despite his claims of innocence, he engaged in misconduct. It becomes more difficult for that to happen, as a practical matter, if he continues to be surrounded by enablers and excusers.

On Thursday, agent David Mulugheta tweeted (and later deleted) attack on Judge Sue L. Robinsonalthough the NFL Players Association tried to persuade the NFL to respect her ruling – and did not appeal it.

Also on Thursday, another agent from the same company, Andre Odom, made an odd comparison of Watson’s situation to another high-profile case of sexual misconduct.

“I see all the responses and anger about Deshaun Watson’s reign,” Odom tweeted. “Law. I wonder why was there so much silence on the child trafficking case involving [Jeffrey] Epstein, [Ghislaine] Maxwell and others? Where was that anger and indignation? Children are important too! Where is the commotion???”

We reached out to Odom via text message, giving him a chance to elaborate. He didn’t answer.

Obviously, there was no “silence” in the Epstein case. It was a huge deal. It received significant coverage. Epstein committed suicide in prison. Maxwell was convicted.

Regardless, this is not a demanding situation what about that. Watson, according to Judge Robinson, committed four cases of non-violent sexual assault. His decision to accept an 11-game suspension and pay a $5 million fine, coupled with his continued insistence that he did nothing wrong, invites extra scrutiny.

Watson’s best interests, in my view, are not being served by the aggressively dogged efforts of those who represent him to shout his innocence – and to (occasionally) challenge members of the media to, for example, focus on the alleged lies and inconsistencies . of Watson’s accusers. Watson’s agents and attorneys had a full and fair opportunity to do so, both in the court of public opinion and in connection with the 24 civil actions brought against him. Attorney Rusty Hardin stated that all the women are lying, while also proclaiming that it is not a crime to try to get a “happy ending” to a massage.

At some point, Watson’s agents have to stop circling the wagons and start speaking hard truths to Watson. He was never found innocent, by anyone. The prosecutor did not want to try to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, deferring to civil justice and the internal procedures of the NFL. Watson settled 24 of the cases against him, and he agreed to an unprecedented combination of suspension and fine.

He’ll never get to where he needs to be if he doesn’t admit where he’s been. Everyone deserves a shot at redemption. But they have to want it. Watson, by all accounts, still thinks he doesn’t need it.

Maybe he’ll get there after all. It becomes much more difficult if those who are supposed to represent his best interests continue to fight long after the battle is lost.

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