Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson says his top priority right now is to clear his name, and if he succeeds in his goal, he will then think about his next steps. On Tuesday, Watson held a press conference, where he addressed the 24 lawsuits he is facing.
24 women have sued Watson for harassment and misconduct and his reputation has taken a huge hit. During the press conference, the reporters wanted to know whether Watson had considered suing the plaintiffs for defamation.
"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.
Watson doing his best to stay positive
When asked how the whole situation has been affecting, Watson admitted that "it has been tough." Also, Watson said he is doing his best to keep his mental health and social life in place.
"But I have a great family. I have a great legal team. And I have a great supporting cast here in this organization. I go each and every day [focusing] on my task and being the best person I can be," Watson said. "I can't control what the other side is doing with the legal process.
I just gotta continue to just focus on being the best Deshaun Watson I can be for this organization." The Browns and Watson are awaiting the conclusion of the NFL investigation and the league's ruling.