Attorney Tony Buzbee, who is representing the 22 women suing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, told Houston’s Fox 26 on Wednesday that “some of the women did not feel like they were being respected” during the NFL’s investigation.
Buzbee said there are “probably four more women who want to meet with the NFL” but he is undecided as to whether he’ll go forward with those conversations.
On Thursday, the NFL responded back.
“The allegations are very concerning and the league immediately began investigating the matter under the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to PFT. “The investigation includes gathering information, monitoring law enforcement developments and conducting interviews with relevant people willing to participate with counsel present.”
The investigation is being handled by Lisa Friel.
“Throughout her decades-long career as the chief of the sex crimes unit in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and most recently as the NFL’s special counsel for investigations for the last six years, Lisa has earned a stellar reputation as a consummate professional who conducts investigations and interviews with compassion and fairness in an effort to determine the truth,” McCarthy added.
In his interview, Buzbee did not say what the league did to potentially make his clients feel disrespected.
Buzbee also told Fox that eight to 10 of his clients have met with the Houston Police Department and he was pleased with how the Houston PD has worked with his clients.
On Thursday, a Houston Police Department spokesperson said “it remains an ongoing investigation” into allegations against Watson but would not say how many women have spoken with police.