While the world is watching to see if Deshaun Watson will be traded to the Miami Dolphins, he is still facing the complex realities of his off-the-field actions.
Watson faces 24 allegations of sexual misconduct or assault from women he hired to perform massages, including 22 civil lawsuits and ten police investigations.
An Open Letter Testimony
One of his accusers apparently is speaking out directly — and anonymously — to Watson’s girlfriend, Jilly Anais.
Last week the Daily Beast published what it called an open letter from one of Watson’s accusers urging Jilly to flee her relationship with the beleaguered QB, warning her that the accuser believes he will not change.
“Dear Jilly “Boss Babe” Anais,
I’ve walked in your shoes before. I loved someone for years whom I found charming, unbelievably talented (though not an NFL quarterback), sweet (at times), who I thought would fit perfectly into my life plans and be my life partner.
I began to hear from other women that he was acting single, but he insisted they were lying. At every turn, when his character was called into question, he insisted that the world was trying to tear us apart. He would attack the intentions of everyone around me. He laid premeditated traps and lies, so if anyone spoke out against him, he had already ruined their credibility. He isolated me from my friends and family. I began to mistrust everyone—especially myself.
He was into church. He quoted scripture. He prayed. I thought, if a man loves God, then I can trust this. I can trust him. Right?
He forced me into a position where I had to blindly trust him. Love cannot exist without trust, and it was much easier to believe his lies when I no longer trusted my own instincts. He bulldozed my boundaries. There was assault in our physical relationship. He always got what he wanted.
He was a man who should have had—could have had—everything. But he was damaged beyond belief, and his choices and actions sabotaged his life. When it was finally over, I felt like I could breathe again.
Jilly, I hope this for your life. I am not a stranger, and yet you do not know me. I am a woman who was assaulted by your boyfriend. Deshaun Watson came into my place of work, my sole means of a modest income, and destroyed my mental health and my career. He destroyed my love for my job, my trust in strangers, and my foreseeable future. He terrified me, and tried to gratify himself at my expense. He degraded me.
Am I not a human? Am I not worthy of justice?
To the apologists and the ones who demand “proof,” I am proof. My testimony, my hurting heart, my broken trust, and my body bent with stress are tangible and measurable and irrefutable evidence of the horrors your boyfriend has inflicted on me without remorse.
Because he has never faced true consequences, he will continue to do this. I speak out, despite my desire to hide forever, because it sickens me to think that another woman may have her life defiled by him. Please, please distance yourself from this man.
You’ve built your brand on the fallacy that you are a feminist. What kind of feminist doesn’t believe dozens of women over one man? We are women who come from different socioeconomic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. We are women with different gender preferences, and women who share different hopes and dreams from one another. At what point will you stand with women?
I do not yet know if I can heal from this, but I believe you can. You have everything; you can have real, pure, faithful love too.
Every news article that discusses where he might be traded, every tweet that disregards our lives to showcase the indifference and opulence you both live in is evil. It causes us, your boyfriend’s survivors, great pain.
Don’t you care?
Please see me and the other women seeking justice against Watson as actual people.
Another Jane Doe”
Watson’s Uncertain Future
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) January 9, 2022
Watson didn’t play in 2021, and he still won’t take another snap for the Houston Texans. Although teams’ interest, the widespread consensus is to wait until after his court cases.
Watson publicly denied allegations after the first woman came forward. What is undeniable is his victims need to share their truths.
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