The NFL is contemplating a possible punishment for Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson as he faces multiple civil lawsuits after being accused by 22 woman of sexual misconduct.
On Tuesday, two of those will share their story on national television Tuesday night on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumble.”
Correspondent Soledad O’Brien speaks with two of Watson’s accusers for the first time on national TV.
Ashley Solis and Kyla Hayes talk about the alleged abuse from Watson as well as react to his massive $230 million deal with Cleveland after being traded by the Houston Texans in March.
The Texans received a 2022 first-round pick (No. 13 overall), 2023 and 2024 first-round picks, a 2022 fourth-round choice (No. 107), a third-round pick in 2023 and a fourth-round pick in 2024.
HBO shared some of the excerpts with The Fan on the nature of the alleged abuse.
ASHLEY SOLIS: As I'm working, he deliberately grabs himself and put his penis on my hand. And I pulled my hand away instantly and I started crying. And I told him that I'm done. I don't wanna do this anymore.
KYLA HAYES: He wanted me to kinda make a V motion in his pelvic area. So go across his stomach to his thighs, back to his stomach. I just kept massaging and did what he asked until his penis kept touching me repeatedly as I did it. He was moving his penis back and forth as my hands moved as well.
Both woman say Watson’s actions was intentional.
On Watson signing with the Browns:
SOLIS: It's just like a big screw you. That's what it feels like. That we don't care. He can run and throw, and that's what we care about.
HAYES: It was sick to me.
HAYES: I felt like he's being rewarded for bad behavior.
O’Brien also got reaction from one of Watson’s lawyers. Here is just a part of that exchange.
O’BRIEN: For Deshaun Watson to be innocent, 22 women would have to be lying. Why would the public believe one man versus 22 different women?
GRAHAM: It's 22 women. It's one lawyer. There's only one lawyer who was willing to take these cases. And as we know from Ashley Solis’ deposition, Mr. Buzbee was not the first, probably not the second or third lawyer she went to, but he was the only one to take her case. Why? Not because it had merit, but because he would use these cases to increase his social media following and quite frankly to get on shows like this one.
O’BRIEN: Deshaun Watson has insisted that in these massages, that he was looking for nothing other than professional services, but we know he did have sex with three women, right? Oral sex with two, vaginal sex with another.
So how do you explain unintentionally ending up having sex with people who are giving you professional massages?
GRAHAM: Well, in every massage, I will tell you he did go, intending just for a professional massage, and only those three instances where sexual conduct occurred-- consensual sexual activity-- it occurred after the massage session had ended. And Mr. Watson has testified and is insistent that that sexual activity was initiated by the plaintiff in every single instance.
O’BRIEN: He said he has no regrets. Is that still true? He has no regrets?
GRAHAM: As he testified in his depositions last week, yes, he has no regrets because he did nothing wrong. He did nothing wrong in these massages. And although-- to your first question, "How can he be innocent?" I think the real question is, "What evidence is there of any guilt?"
“Real Sports” airs at 9 p.m. and is also available on HBO Max anytime.