More than 20 civil lawsuits have been filed against Deshaun Watson accusing the Texans quarterback of inappropriate conduct and sexual assault. Houston attorney Tony Buzbee previously wrote in one of the lawsuits that Watson’s behavior is part of a “disturbing pattern of preying on vulnerable women,” per ESPN’s Sarah Barshop.
His disturbing pattern was a topic of discussion during Thursday’s 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe when former QB Brady Quinn told Jonas Knox and LaVar Arrington why teams are so hesitant to go all-in on a trade for Deshaun Watson, who may face further allegations in the future.
There was speculation that his behavior was not actually a secret and that it might actually go back to when he was in college.
Jonas Knox: “One of the things that I have not heard anybody say anywhere else, except for you, and I’m surprised this hasn’t gotten more traction, is that this wasn’t the biggest secret in the world in Houston, right? That the guy had a little bit of an issue?”
Brady Quinn: “No. I had a player who played there that said to me, ‘Yeah, we knew this was going on for awhile.’ So if they know, then you’d have to think that this goes back even further and there might be a pattern or a history of this, especially with as many women as it has been. And that’s what I think concerns you as a team, like if you’re the Carolina Panthers and you’re David Tepper, and you want to go all in on getting him and you bring him in, and then the next thing you know, you’ve got someone who goes back to his college days. This is complete speculation. I don’t want to sound reckless, but that is at least what’s being circulated here in Indianapolis.”
The lawsuits have all been filed by women who accuse Watson of sexual misconduct ranging from inappropriate touching to forced oral sex.
Last month, a judge in Houston ruled that Deshaun Watson can face questions under oath in at least some of the 22 civil cases filed against him by women who have accused the Houston Texans quarterback of actions ranging from harassment to sexual assault during massage sessions.
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said last Monday that Watson “didn’t do what he is accused of doing,” and added, “I’m hopeful and I trust that will be a conclusion of a grand jury.”