Houston Texans Fine Players Who Attended Grand Opening of Deshaun Watson’s New Restaurant

by Josh Lanier

DeShaun Watson recently sold what could be one of the world’s most expensive cheesesteaks. The Houston Texans quarterback invited his teammates to the grand opening of his cheesesteak restaurant Lefty’s.

Unfortunately, the event violated the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, ESPN reported.

Including Watson, Texans offensive linemen Tytus Howard, Roderick Johnson, and Laremy Tunsil; running back Duke Johnson; wide receiver Brandin Cooks; and Defensive end Charles Omenihu attended the Dec. 15 event. Photographs from the grand opening show some of them not wearing masks. It’s unclear what the team will fine the players, but Sports Illustrated said the Texans asked one player to pay $5,000.

The NFL bans more than three players from gathering together outside of team facilities or events.

Watson, however, defended the event, and said he believed he and others followed the league’s policies.

“I mean, we had the masks. We did everything that we were supposed to do. Six feet from different people. It was a restaurant opening,” he told ESPN. “It wasn’t really an event.”

The NFL has taken a hard-line on players who violate COVID-19 regulations. The league has had to reschedule a number of games because of the virus already, and officials are doing whatever they can to avoid future adjustments.

Houston Texans Not the Only Team Forced to Reprimand QB

The Washington Football Team said it knew about the photos of quarterback Dwayne Haskins not wearing a mask while attending an event with strippers, ESPN reported. The team said it would handle the matter internally.

The photos were apparently taken hours after the team’s loss Sunday to Seattle.

Haskins recently tweeted an apology then set his social media account to private. He said “took full responsibility for putting the team at risk. It was irresponsible and immature and I accept responsibility for my action.”

Though, this isn’t the first time this season the team has reprimanded Haskins for flouting the league’s COVID-19 policies. He was fined nearly $5,000 for making reservations at a team hotel for a family friend earlier in the season, ESPN said.

Haskins stepped in for Washington’s injured quarterback Alex Smith last week. But it’s unclear if Smith will be healthy enough to return this week.