More than 20 massage therapists have accused quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual harassment, and other than the Houston Texans, few in the NFL are monitoring the situation as closely as commissioner Roger Goodell.
“We’re obviously following that and looking at that ourselves,” Goodell told reporters prior to the first round of the NFL Draft.
Before the accusations, Watson reportedly made it clear he wanted a trade out of Houston. But as of now, it would seem that no rival team would want to make that deal — at least the Watson situation is resolved.
An outcome could go a number of ways, so the Texans, Watson and interested opponents are all in a holding pattern.
For that matter, so is the NFL league office on how best to handle the situation.
“There are important steps that we will be taking as part of out personal conduct policy,” Goodell said. “When we get to that point we will certainly make a decision.”
The same is true of the NFL players’ association.
“I’m just praying for the young man, personally, today,” NFLPA executive vice president Troy Vincent said, via Yardbarker. “I’m praying for him and his family. I’m praying for the young ladies that have come out. This is not good for anybody, forget the sport.”