Suspended Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson was caught speeding 97 mph in a 70 mph zone in June, as seen in police CCTV footage obtained by DailyMail.com.
The incident took place on June 11 – about two months before Watson was suspended for the first 11 games of the 2022 season and fined $5 million over allegations of sexual misconduct by dozens of women.
Watson was ticketed for speeding and paid a $185 fine after being stopped by a state agent in Clyde, Ohio. Police CCTV footage shows Watson driving a black SUV with an unidentified female passenger in the front with a dog on her lap and another passenger in the back. Both passengers’ faces are blurred in the police CCTV footage, as is the face of the woman’s lap dog.
Both Watson and the officer were polite and respectful of each other during the taped conversation. The officer even noted that the barking dog was “a killer,” prompting the female passenger to sigh and reply, “I know, right?”
Watson told the officer he was from Detroit, where he had business.
At one point, he struggled to find his insurance card before suggesting that its absence could be explained by his recent move from Houston to Cleveland.
“I just traded with the Browns,” Watson told the officer three months after being split from the Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns for three first-round picks.
Suspended Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson was caught speeding 97 mph in a 70 mph zone in June, as seen in police CCTV footage obtained by DailyMail.com
Watson received a speeding ticket and paid a $185 fine after being detained in Clyde, Ohio
Police CCTV footage shows Watson driving a black SUV with an unidentified female passenger in the front with a dog on her lap and another passenger in the back. Both passengers’ faces are blurred in the police CCTV footage, as is the face of the woman’s lap dog
The officer explained to Watson that he was given a speeding ticket for exceeding the 27 mph limit. The two briefly discussed procedural issues, such as payment details and the ability to add points to his license, before officer Watson and his party parted ways.
“Please be careful to drive ahead of me and be sure to drive safely,” the officer said.
A 26th sexual misconduct allegation surfaced against Watson in another lawsuit earlier this month, but a Texas judge has since ruled that the plaintiff must reapply with her name in order to proceed.
The prosecution’s attorney, Michelle Kornblith, said her client had no problem providing the accused’s name to the accused, but wanted assurances that it would not be made public for security reasons.
“We actually have no problem letting them know who our plaintiff is, but we would ask for a confidentiality or protection order,” Kornblith said.
“We’ve been getting hate mail and mail since this was submitted and we’re concerned for her safety. And as I said, we have no problem telling him who the plaintiff is, as long as we know she’s safe.’
Deshaun Watson was reportedly sexually inappropriate with the women during massage therapy appointments while playing for Houston between 2019 and 2021. Watson settled lawsuits filed by the women, accusing him of everything from indecent exposure to claims of forced oral sex
Watson was driving a Mercedes SUV when he was arrested for speeding on June 11.
The three-time Pro Bowl QB was reportedly sexually inappropriate with the women during massage therapy appointments while he played for Houston between 2019 and 2021. Watson settled lawsuits filed by the women, accusing him of everything from indecent exposure to claims of forced sex.
The 27-year-old quarterback was originally banned for six games by an independent arbitrator before the NFL appealed the alleged light penalty in August. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had the right to rule on the appeal, but instead tapped former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to handle the duties.
But in the end, the NFL and the players’ union reached a compromise on Thursday before Harvey made his decision.
As part of the deal, Watson was to undergo “immediate professional evaluation by behaviorists and follow their treatment program.” He previously told reporters that he was already in therapy.
Ashley Solis, second from right, the first woman to file a sexual assault charge against then-Texan quarterback Deshaun Watson, makes a statement during a news conference with attorney Tony Buzbee and his legal team on April 6, 2021 in Houston. The lawsuit of Solis is not settled
Women’s groups largely condemned the latest sentence, although the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center applauded the NFL for tightening the six-game ban originally imposed on Watson.
“Cleveland Rape Crisis Center stands with those hurt by Deshaun Watson,” read the group’s statement. “While the traditional avenues of criminal justice may have failed its accusers, the current NFL and NFLPA scheme of increased penalties is a step toward validating their experiences.”
Two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson, who has denied the allegations. And while he apologized “for the pain this situation has caused,” he reiterated his belief in his own innocence when he spoke to reporters in August.
As fate would have it, Watson will make his Browns debut against his former team in Houston, where Cleveland will face the Texans on December 4 – 700 days after his last regular season game. (He sat on the bench in Houston for the entire 2021 season following the allegations)
With the allegations looming, Watson was acquired in March in a transaction with the Texans and quickly agreed to a restructured contract, which guaranteed him $230 million for five seasons in Cleveland. (Watson’s $5 million fine and approximately $640,000 he will lose at game checks represents only 2.4 percent of his entire contract)
Some of Watson’s accusers are pictured in a Texas courtroom, where the first of two grand juries declined to charge in connection with the sexual misconduct lawsuits against the NFL star