Despite settling his suspension with the NFL Deshaun Watson continued to maintain his innocence.
After agreeing to be suspended for 11 games and paying a $5 million, Watson told the media that just because he settled with the NFL, it doesn’t mean he did anything wrong.
“I’ve always been able to stand on my innocence and always said I never assaulted or disrespected anyone but at the same point I have to continue to push forward with my life and career.”
Deshaun Watson says just because he settled the cases and agreed to this suspension doesn't mean he's guilty of anything or did anything wrong.
He just wanted to move on from everything.pic.twitter.com/obTWAK2PL9
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 18, 2022
Watson went on to say that he’s sorry for people who were triggered by his actions.
Suspended QB Deshaun Watson on why he apologized if he still maintains his innocence in the face of 24 sexual misconduct allegations:
"There was a lot of people that was triggered."
Then, "I've apologized to all women, so anybody that was affected, even yourself, everything." pic.twitter.com/AkP9ZvovKf
— The Recount (@therecount) August 18, 2022
Watson’s agent David Mulugheta also emphasized that Watson was innocent but remorseful.
Deshaun has always stated he is innocent of sexual assault. Nothing has changed in what he said. He also said he is remorseful, the decisions he made have created this situation. The settlement allows him to move forward with his life and career.
— David Mulugheta (@DavidMulugheta) August 18, 2022