Watson’s signing of a five-year contract — which ESPN studies is the richest deal by way of assured cash in league historical past — has been controversial in mild of the accusations, that are the topic of civil litigation and an NFL investigation. He was not charged criminally in Texas, the place he performed earlier than he was traded from the Houston Texans to the Browns.
She alleges she had two encounters with Watson in her condo in August 2020. The primary session was skilled, her lawsuit says, however in the course of the second he uncovered himself and engaged in undesirable sexual conduct by masturbating in entrance of her and ejaculating on her.
Watson “vehemently denied” the allegations by means of his lawyer, Ed Hardin.
When requested Tuesday whether or not he stood by his assertion from his first Browns’ information convention in March wherein he mentioned he had no regrets, Watson acknowledged his reply to the query “triggered lots of people.”
He mentioned he regrets the impression the allegations have had on others together with his household, the Browns’ group, his teammates, the followers and many individuals exterior his world.
“That’s one factor I do remorse is the impression it has triggered so many individuals, and it’s robust to must cope with,” he mentioned.
When requested whether or not he regrets any of his particular actions, he mentioned no.
“Like I mentioned, I by no means assaulted anybody or I by no means harassed anybody or by no means disrespected anybody or by no means pressured anybody to do something,” he mentioned.
The Browns are holding a compulsory minicamp this week for gamers underneath contract. The workforce is required to make its gamers and head coach accessible for interviews in the course of the three-day occasion, which is able to shift websites every day.
Watson did not straight reply whether or not he would settle the civil instances.
“Proper now … all I’m doing is eager to clear my identify and have the ability to let the entire details come out within the court docket of legislation and have the ability to give attention to that,” he mentioned.
Watson stays underneath investigation by the NFL, which may droop him in the event that they discover he violated the league’s private conduct coverage. NFL officers met with Watson for 3 days in Could and have additionally requested another day, lawyer Ed Hardin informed CNN earlier this month.
Watson mentioned Tuesday he “answered each query honestly.”
CNN’s David Shut and Amy Woodyatt contributed to this report.