The allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson are being investigated by the FBI, Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said last week.
Hardin also revealed that Watson spoke to the FBI about allegations of extortion regarding one of the 23 lawsuits filed against the quarterback, of which 22 are still active.
“In April, the FBI came to us and told us they were investigating a matter as to whether one of Mr. [Tony] Buzbee’s clients had committed extortion in the way they were demanding money from Deshaun or what they would do if they didn’t pay it,” Hardin said in a news conference.
“We were not the ones who contacted them; they contacted us. We talked to [the FBI]. We even let them interview Deshaun — and if y’all can find a lawyer that will let his client talk to the FBI if the lawyer had thought his client had done anything wrong or had any exposure, then I’ll be very, very surprised.”
Two files have been opened on the Houston Texans QB as a result.
Watson is currently showing up to practices for the Texans, but did not participate in the first or second preseason games against the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.
It still remains unclear if the NFL will punish Watson or if commissioner Roger Goodell will wait until the criminal investigation is finished to act.