At least seven players of Houston Texans were recently seen together at the launch of their quarterback Deshaun Watson’s new restaurant franchise on Tuesday, which has been tagged as a potential breach of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol. However, Watson has denied the accusations.
Deshaun Watson, Texans teammates potentially breach the NFL’s protocols at restaurant launch
Deshaun Watson recently became the owner of a Lefty’s Cheesesteak franchise and in its grand opening on Tuesday, the event saw the presence of Brandin Cooks, Laremy Tunsil, Tytus Howard, Duke Johnson, Roderick Johnson and Charles Omenihu, as well as Watson’s mother and girlfriend, plus some business partners.
“This is the perfect location; this is the perfect time,” a jolly Watson said after the inauguration, “it’s not just about the food. It’s about the energy and this is a place to have a good time, bring your friends, bring your family, have a business meeting, whatever you want to do, come and hang out, get some good food and have some fun.”
“It’s awesome. Right after practice, I can grab something and come home. It’s a perfect location. Everybody rides through on Kirby,” the QB added
Several photos from the event also went online and garnered the attention of the netizens.
All that being said, all the players including Deshaun Watson who were present at the launch event may have breached a couple of the NFL’s COVID policies.
Firstly, several of the attendees at the event, including the players were seen without masks, which is a must for all the players. Plus, the league prohibits any gathering of more than three players outside club facility or team travel.
Deshaun Watson claims the event followed all protocols
The event has come under the notice of the NFL, but league spokesperson Brian McCarthy has declined to make any comment as of now. In previous cases of a protocol breach, the players and/or teams have been slapped with massive fines and draft pick losses.
However, Watson has denied any allegations of a potential protocol breach, claiming that the event had followed all
“I mean, we had the masks,” Watson told ESPN on Wednesday, “We did everything that we were supposed to do. Six feet from different people.“
“It was a restaurant opening. It wasn’t really an event. It was a grand opening of my restaurant. So people were coming in to get food and things like that and everyone was excited about it. So, it turned out pretty good, and right now from the messages I got from after, it’s still popping. So everyone go out to Lefty’s on Kirby, for sure,” the 25-year-old added.