Throughout the twists and turns of the legal drama surrounding Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, there has remained one constant. Outside of one vague statement, NFL officials have remained quite.
That all changed last week when NFL executive Vice President Troy Vincent broached the subject in an appearance on FOX Sports Radio.
“I’m just praying for the young man, personally, today. I’m praying for him and his family. I’m praying for the young ladies that have come out. This is not good for anybody, forget the sport. But I think we’ve learned that every situation’s different. They’re delicate. You make sure that folks, whether it’s the accuser, the victim, whoever it may be, that there’s a due process in place.
“And I think we’ve learned that over time, not that we’ve rushed in the past, but I think we’ve learned from the different cases that we’ve seen with this particular subject matter, let the due process take care of itself, then that’s up to Lisa (Friel) and her team to now make the proper recommendations to what direction the Commissioner and the Commissioner’s office should take.”
One subject Vincent didn’t mention was the possibility of Watson being placed on the Commissioner Exempt List. With their being so many accusers (22), it would be very difficult for the league to do nothing if the cases are still pending when training camps open.