The number of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct complaints involving Deshaun Watson has grown to nineteen, which includes accusations of Houston Texans quarterback deleting Instagram messages from accusers and trying to get settlements from women that provided him a massage.
Those claims were quickly dismissed by Watson’s lawyer.
Since the entire ordeal, the Houston Texans have remained quiet, only sending out a statement after the first accusation.
Texans general manager Nick Caserio spoke on the developing situation this week.
“It’s a legal situation, a legal process and we’re respectful of that. We certainly take them very seriously,” Caserio said during a podcast appearance this week. “The allegations, what’s been discussed, are certainly troubling.
Organizationally that’s not something that we can condone … those types of actions, but again, we’ll let the legal process take care of itself and however it’s going to unfold we’ll certainly comply and do what we can to try and help and facilitate a resolution for everybody.”
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, claims to have “strong evidence” showing that one of the plaintiffs who has brought a case against Watson has attempted to blackmail him, which “calls into question the legitimacy of the other cases as well.”
The NFL has since opened their own investigation into the entire ordeal, which could very likely end with Watson not being able to play this upcoming season if the league chooses to sideline him for some time.