Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson keeps insisting that he is innocent but adds he feels sorry for those are afftected by his situation. Watson is going through one of the most challenging periods of his life as 24 women filled lawsuits against Watson, alleging him for harrasment and misconduct.
Watson signed a massive five-year, $230 million contract with the Browns this offseason but his future in the NFL in general is uncertain. "I do understand that I do have regrets as far as the impact that [it's had] on the community and people outside of just myself," Watson said.
"And that includes my family. That includes this organization. That includes my teammates in this locker room that have to answer to these questions. That includes the fan base of the Cleveland Browns. That includes males, females, everyone across the, the world.
That's one thing I do regret is the impact that it's triggered on so many people. It's tough to have to deal with."
Watson: I was honest during my interrogation with the NFL
The NFL is investigating the Watson situation on their own and there is a chance the quarterback receives a suspension.
"I can't control that. I did everything they asked me to do. I answered every question truthfully that the NFL asked me," Watson said. "I spent hours with the people they brought down. That's all I can do, is be honest and tell them exactly what happened.
They have a job, and so I have to respect that. And that's what we want to do is cooperate. They have to make a decision that's best for the league." Watson's reputation has taken a big hit following the 24 lawsuits made against him.
When Watson was asked if he considered filling countersuits for defemation, he said his goal for now is just to clear his name. "I haven't got into any of that. My biggest thing is just wanting to clear my name so I can get back, being in an environment that I'm most comfortable in and that's being in the community and helping people and being that role model and leader and also being on the football field with my teammates and trying to win ballgames.
So that's something that I haven't really been focused on. Just really clearing my name and just focusing on doing what's right and being honest, and whoever I have to answer to, give them the true facts," Watson said.