As the status of Deshuan Watson is still very much held in high regard, Houston Texans cancel mini camp.
Head coach David Culley made the announcement Wednesday, a decision not directly related to Watson’s status. But it throws the ball at the next chapter of the Watson saga in which the Texan quarterback gets caught up in a sexual misconduct controversy amid a request to be traded out of Houston.
According to Culley, he canceled the mandatory mini camp after a satisfying session of voluntary OTAs.
“We achieved what we wanted to achieve”, culley said:.
Will Watson be playing in the NFL this fall?
Watson was not expected to attend the mini camp as he is still the subject of civil lawsuits with 22 massage therapists accusing him of varying degrees of sexual misconduct including receiving forced oral sex. Watson’s legal team has acknowledged that sexual encounters have taken place but claims they were by mutual consent.
For now, Watson’s eligibility to play in the fall remains unclear. The quarterback could be on the commissioner’s exempt list if… a criminal complaint about the allegations of sexual misconduct don’t make his NFL status a moot point. Watson’s trade request and status with the Texans have been subordinated to the complaints. Either way, the Texans avoid drawing more attention to the situation by canceling minicamp, even if that wasn’t what motivated the decision.
The Texans were the second team to cancel the mini camp on Wednesday, with San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan doing the same and expressing a desire to give players a break between OTAs and training camp.
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