JJ Watt Reveals He Handled Trade Rumors by Boozing in Hawaii

by Josh Lanier

JJ Watt did what most people would like to do when they find out their job may be on the line. He flew to Hawaii and hit the bar for a week.

Watt went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and explained that as trade rumors swirled around the NFL about him, he was swirling the ice in his mai-tai. He and his wife spent a week in Hawaii, he joked, where the news couldn’t reach him.

“I process it by going to Hawaii for a week,” Watt said. “… So, that was a good way to cope with it. And I might just head back there.”

It’s unclear what will happen with the Texans going forward. The team is looking to rebuild around new head coach David Culley. They’ll need a lot of help. The team went 4-12 this year with few bright spots and the off-season seems bleak. Quarterback Deshaun Watson is seemingly on his way out. So, getting Watt’s $17.5 million yearly salary off of their books could help them buy some more talent.

But Watt isn’t sweating it, he said. The 31-year-old joked with Fallon about how much of a disaster it would be if he were teamed up with his brothers T.J. and Derek in Pittsburgh because of their brotherly rivalry. Although, Steelers fans are begging him to consider it.

JJ Watt Addresses His Viral Rant, Says Fans Inspire Him

Fallon asked JJ Watt to discuss his comments at a recent press conference where he slammed teammates for not showing up to work prepared.

“We’re professional athletes getting paid a whole lot of money,” the defensive end said in the press conference. “If you can’t come in and put work in in the building and go out to the practice field and work hard, do your lifts and do what you’re supposed to do, you should not be here.

“Because this is a privilege, this is the greatest job in the world, you get to go out and play a game, and if you can’t care enough even in Week 17, even when you’re trash when you’re 4-11 if you can’t care enough to go out there and give everything you’ve got and try your hardest, that’s bullsh-t.”

JJ Watt said at a press conference

Watt went on to say that he felt bad for the fans who still tweet him and say they are behind the team despite their poor performance. “They have no reason whatsoever to — we stink,” he said. So, players owe fans that same level of care.

He said it was “therapeutic” to get that off of his chest. He added it’s frustrating when reporters ask him how he stays motivated when his team is performing so poorly.

It’s easy, he told Fallon. He feels he owes it to the fans.