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Deshaun Watson’s college coach, Dabo Swinney of Clemson, was asked about the ongoing sexual assault allegations leveled at Watson. There are now 14 civil lawsuits and accusations from 24 different women.
“We are disappointed to see his name in the news and all that is going on,” Swinney responded to the question.
Swinney said he won’t speculate or comment on any legal matters, but reiterated he loves Watson like a son.
“Look, I love Deshaun Watson,” Swinney goes on. “He is like a son to me. That is how I love him. As far as all the legal stuff and all of that, that will all take its course and all of that stuff. We certainly can’t speculate or comment on any of that stuff.”
Swinney, who has known Watson since he was in ninth grade, says all of his experiences with him have been wonderful:
“But all I can tell you is that I have known Deshaun since he was in the ninth grade. And that he has been nothing but exemplary in every area that I have ever known him in. Three years here, as a player, I think I had a chance to yell at him one time because he was five minutes late to a team meeting that he overslept for. And that is it. That is the Deshaun I know. I can only base my thought on my experiences with him, which have been wonderful. Again, I love him like a son, and we will just have to see where everything else goes from there.”
Watson has vehemently denied all allegations. His lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said Watson will publicly address the allegations of sexual assault in the coming days.
The NFL has begun its own investigation into the claims against Watson, the league announced last week.
Swinney handled this the right way.