REPORT: 2 Of Deshaun Watson’s Accusers Have Agreed To Meet With NFL Investigators
The sexual misconduct and harassment case involving Deshaun Watson is only getting uglier.
Twenty-two women have accused the Texans QB of improper behavior, and now at least two of them have agreed to speak with NFL Investigators.
The NFL’s investigation is likely to have a bigger impact on his future as Roger Goodell could very easily put him on the Commissioner Exempt list and not allow him to see the field until they are done with their own investigation.
Per multiple reports, the disgruntled QB was more than willing to sit out the 2021 season to avoid having to play another game with the Houston Texans.
His attorney Rusty Hardin has called the accusations a “money grab” in his overall response to the civil cases filed. In a document called “Deshaun Watson’s Original Answer,” his side argues that eight of the plaintiffs “bragged about, praised and were excited about massaging” Watson.
• 7 plaintiffs willingly worked or offered to work with Mr. Watson after their alleged incidents;
• 3 plaintiffs lied about the number of sessions they actually had with Mr. Watson;
• 3 plaintiffs lied about their alleged trauma and resulting harm;
• 5 plaintiffs told others they wanted to get money out of Mr. Watson;
• and 5 plaintiffs have scrubbed or entirely deleted their social media accounts.
“Today we answered the lawsuits filed against our client Deshaun Watson,” Houston attorney Rusty Hardin said in a statement about the new legal filing. “Mr. Watson has been adamant that he did not engage in any improper conduct and we strongly believe him. Therefore, the answer to the question of whether we are saying that all 22 plaintiffs are lying about the allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Watson is a resounding yes.”
Tony Buzbee, the lawyer for the women accusing Watson, has maintained that his clients are not seeking financial recompense from the quarterback.
After Buzbee first announced he was filing suit, Watson denied the allegations on Twitter and said, “I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect.”
The NFL released a statement saying, “The matter is under review of the personal conduct policy.”
As of late last month, Aaron Wilson, formerly of the Houston Chronicle, said the Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos are all still interested in a potential trade of Watson.