Now, I've been a Licensed Massage Therapist in Oregon for 18 years. Professionally, I wouldn't fly anywhere to give an NFL QB a massage in a hotel or his home or whatever. That just invites the wrong kind of meaning to the massage session.
I hear what you're saying. I just wish people in general would see CMT as a legit wellness position, same as a chiropractor or an acupuncturist. That's it. That's what a CMT does.
Him going to Insta to recruit unlicensed people without training instead of getting a referral to not only a CMT, but one specifically trained in sports massage techniques, does suggest that his expectation was for something more.
So already he's in the position of saying that he was paying for a legal service (massage) and that nothing was sexual, or if it was, the sexual part was technically separate. But then the specific lawsuits are about SA, so even if the $ex was kinda part of a quasi-deal, it's still true people can't force them into doing acts that they didn't want.
Some Florio commentators are theorizing this may be the machinations of the McNairs to ruin his trade market so he'll have to stay and play for the Texans. Well even if this gets him to show up for them, he's going to be even more angry and disinclined to do a good job, so I'm skeptical of that theory.
Gut feeling, everything's probably somewhere in the middle on a lot of what happened here, but it's clear Watson exercised some irresponsibility here at least over his own brand and image.
EDIT 1: All the lawsuits themselves are here:https://www.reddit.com/r/Texans/comment ... ad_part_2/