Former Cowboys And Ravens WR Bryant Says More Athletes Should Support Deshaun Watson

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Former Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens wide out Dez Bryant is speaking out, giving support to controversial Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Bryant, who has had his own controversies during his years in the NFL, went on Instagram in support of Watson, who has now been accused of sexually assaulting 20 women.

The wide receiver said that more players in the NFL and athletes in general should be supporting the quarterback.

“I’m sorry you have to go through this bro and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. This needs attention so other athletes will get out of the mindset of ‘it won’t ever happen to them,'” Bryant wrote on Instagram.

“A lot of powerful people truly believe they gave us our powers… they only provided a platform….True or not Desahun Watson is his name.. athletes protecting your reputation should be your #1 priority”

I dont see enough athletes supporting you out loud and hoping the best outcome for all parties involved. Thats our problem… we support until proven guilty….”

Bryant is 100 percent right that Watson is innocent until proven guilty, but the significant number of women who have come forth isn’t a good look for the quarterback, who wants to be traded out of Houston for the 2021 season.

How the civil litigation filed against Watson will unfold, whether the Texans will try and trade him and whether the NFL will sit the young QB for his off the field conduct all remain to be seen.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. Sure…if he is found innocent of the claims of 20 women…I know at least Outkick will highlight how athletes have that target on their back.

    But at this point outside of getting likes on social media…there isn’t any real incentive for an athlete to support Watson. And what if he’s found guilty…guess what Dez…you just suggested to athletes to support presumably someone who could be a sexual predator.

  2. It amazes me when athletes speak up to defend somebody when it isn’t necessary and it doesn’t help the person they are defending. It is so easy to sit this one out until more facts are known. What if Watson is found culpable? What is Dez Bryant going to say then? Not much I’m guessing. Just get him fitted for a clown suit – extra large.

  3. Dez, I don’t know what you’re concerned about. I mean, Deshaun is probably the only player in the NFL who’s done this. That’s probably why the players are silent. (nods) I mean, it’s not like you’ve ever done this, Dez. Have you done this? Well, have you? Dez? (Are you there…?)

  4. I find myself puzzled by both extreme opinions on this case. We don’t know, and it has not been tried before a judge and jury, so the phrase “pump the brakes” comes to mind about this case constantly for either opinion. I see why law enforcement or elected leaders always say “I cannot comment on an active investigation at this time,” when pressed for early answers. There’s a good reason! You run the risk of sticking your foot in your mouth either way if you speak your opinion on a case before it’s been tried. We can’t cave in our justice system to the media pressure.

  5. I agree that Mr. Watson is innocent until proven otherwise. His lawyer didn’t help him any last week when he announced that he had evidence that ONE of the accusers tried to extort cash after a consensual sexual encounter. There are 24 who have accused with half that many filing suit for damages.

    Hardin said he had proof that less than 5% of the accusations were false.

    I don’t give a rat’s arse what happens in the NFL. They are just as woke as the NBA.

    I find this entire episode to be completely ludicrous.

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