Sports Media Is Blowing the Coverage of Deshaun Watson

Sports Media Is Blowing the Coverage of Deshaun Watson

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) looks on in action during a game between the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans on December 13, 2020, at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.On Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle published a story on its website under the headline “Statements from massage therapists in support of Deshaun Watson.” The story reproduced a press release issued by Watson’s attorney in which eighteen massage therapists claimed that they had worked with Watson as a client, and that the Texans’ quarterback—who has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault in 21 lawsuits filed by other massage therapists in recent weeks—had behaved in a professional manner during their encounters. The decision to publish the release in full was curious. The post included virtually no original reporting, outside of a two-line introduction identifying Houston attorney Rusty Hardin, who represents Watson, as the source of the statements, and noting the existence of the lawsuits. (Another…View Original Post

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