- Deshaun Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.
- 14 lawsuits have been brought against him at this time.
- Sportsbooks have pulled odds on what his next team will be.
LAS VEGAS - Deshaun Watson made headlines for asking for a trade from the Houston Texans, but some of his prior alleged actions are making that less likely.
Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 24 different women, with 14 lawsuits being brought against the Texans QB.
Watson, for his part, issued a statement denying any wrongdoing after the first lawsuit was filed, but has not responded to the many more that have been filed since.
His last communication on the subject was this denial, and it remains to be seen how it will affect his career going forward.
One way in which it is clearly affecting his career now, however, is that it is making his chances of a trade less likely.
This is a fairly intuitive process - nobody wants to ship out the kind of assets it would take to get Watson while this situation continues to grow and change.
The online sportsbooks have responded to the allegations against Watson - and his lack of response as they grow - by pulling odds on where he will be traded.
On February 27th , the odds were as follows:
Where Will Deshaun Watson Play For Game 1 Of the NFL Regular Season
- Houston Texans +210
- Miami Dolphins +250
- New York Jets +300
- Denver Broncos +300
- Carolina Panthers +600
- San Francisco 49ers +1500
- Las Vegas Raiders +2000
- New England Patriots +2000
The first allegation surfaced publicly in mid-March, and the odds disappeared from most online sportsbooks within a week.
The situation is fluid, and there are a lot of moving parts involved, and given Watson’s radio silence, it’s unclear to what degree he still desires a trade.
Still, it’s some degree of telling that the sportsbooks are stepping back from this situation - online sportsbooks are famous for putting odds on basically anything.
The fact that they’re unwilling to touch the Watson situation should speak volumes about how willing an NFL team is to deal with actually trading for him.
The online sportsbooks still have odds on what team Colin Kaepernick will play for, but Deshaun Watson? Nope.
As the number of cases grows, it becomes increasingly unclear whether or not Watson will even be in the league in 2021.
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