Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is excited about ‘watershed’ NFL media deal

Multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Deshaun Watson are in stark contrast to his NFL image

Already at odds with management decisions that led him to request a trade, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson this week found himself at the center of controversy of a different kind.

Seven lawsuits from massage therapists alleging sexual misconduct and harassment by the quarterback have clouded Watson’s future as the legal process and an NFL-led investigation unfold.

In a statement posted to social media on Tuesday night, Watson denied wrongdoing and said he looks forward to "clearing my name." The Texans, in a statement Thursday, acknowledged the NFL's investigation and said they were aware of the lawsuits but did not comment further.

But news of the allegations took many by surprise around the NFL, because such behavior contrasts with the image Watson has portrayed in his four seasons as a professional football player, as a star at Clemson University and growing up in Gainesville, Georgia.

Current Cuomo aide Alyssa McGrath accuses governor of sexual harassment

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A current aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused the embattled governor Friday of making suggestive remarks and engaging in other forms of alleged harassment, marking the latest allegation in a widening scandal that threatens to oust Cuomo from office.

The aide, identified as Alyssa McGrath, described several instances of alleged inappropriate behavior in an interview with the New York Times. She said Cuomo made suggestive remarks, commented on her looks and ogled her body in the workplace.

“He has a way of making you feel very comfortable around him, almost like you’re his friend,” McGrath told the newspaper. “But then you walk away from the encounter or conversation, in your head going, ‘I can’t believe I just had that interaction with the governor of New York.’”

A lawyer for Cuomo said the governor has “has made clear that he has never made inappropriate advances or inappropriately touched anyone.”

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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Partially Shut Due To COVID-19 Outbreak

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach club has been partially closed because of a COVID outbreak.

That’s according to several people familiar with the situation, including a club member who received a phone call about the closure Friday. A receptionist at the Mar-a-Lago club confirmed the news, saying it was closed until further notice, but declined to comment further.

A person familiar with club operations said that, out of an abundance of caution, the club had partially closed a section “for a short period of time” and quarantined some of its workers. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation by name.

The extent of the outbreak, what portions of the club were closed or how it was affecting the former first family weren’t immediately clear.

Trump moved to Mar-a-Lago after leaving Washington in January, and has spent the weeks since laying low, golfing, dining with friends, meeting with Republican party leaders and plotting his political future as he considers running again in 2024.

Trump’s representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Trump was hospitalized with COVID last fall and has since been vaccinated against the virus.

Spencer reported from Fort Lauderdale.

Policeman who attacked 'terrified' woman as she walked home avoids jail

Skydiver dead after incident at Tauranga Airport

A person is dead after a skydiving incident at Tauranga Airport.

Emergency services were called to the airport on Kittyhawk Way at 10.33am today after reports a person had crashed in a parachute.

Inital reports from St John ambulance said the person was taken to Tauranga Hospital in a critical condition.

Police have now confirmed the person died on the way to hospital. WorkSafe has been notified.

Two St John ambulances and one police car were at the scene.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is excited about ‘watershed’ NFL media deal

When the Cowboys signed quarterback Dak Prescott to a long-term megadeal, owner Jerry Jones confirmed: The NFL’s looming TV deals were going to be lucrative. 

“If you don’t think that (this) is an indication of where we think the tea leaves are and where the future is,” Jones said, “you’ve misread this today.” 

Jones began to show his cards with Prescott’s four-year, $160 million contract earlier this month. 

Now, with the NFL’s Thursday announcement of media distribution agreements through the 2033 season, the league ensures labor and broadcast stability for more than a decade. Consider Jones buoyant. 

“I think this is really a watershed agreement,” Jones told USA TODAY Sports on Friday. “It’s got term with it, and it’s got flexibility built in. You’ve got a pretty excited, creative group of producers in all of those areas, and I’m going to include Amazon in there too, because they’re right on the threshold of how to maximize that aspect of it.