NFL confirms investigation of Deshaun Watson, contacts accusers’ attorney

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The NFL is investigating allegations that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson sexually assaulted multiple women.

In a letter to Tony Buzbee, the attorney for the women accusing Watson, NFL special counsel for investigations Lisa Friel confirmed the investigation.

“I became aware of the lawsuits you filed yesterday, as well as the one you filed this morning, which contain various allegations of misconduct by Houston Texans player Deshaun Watson,” Friel wrote in the letter, which Buzbee posted on Instagram. “I am writing to let you know that the League has opened an investigation into these allegations and to request the cooperation of your clients in our investigation. Such cooperation would begin with engaging in Zoom interviews with myself and another League investigator at which, of course, you would be present. Please let me know at your earliest convenience if your clients are willing to assist us with our investigation of their allegations.”

Watson has denied the allegations made against him. Regardless of the outcome of the lawsuits, or any criminal investigation that may transpire, the NFL can conduct its own investigation and suspend Watson if it finds he violated the NFL personal conduct policy.

25 responses to “NFL confirms investigation of Deshaun Watson, contacts accusers’ attorney

  1. Seems that not only is he getting his wish of not playing for the Texans but also for any other team this year.

  2. No one is trading for Watson now. The Texans have, once again, shot themselves in the D.

  3. I would be surprised if there was any truth to these claims at all. Watson just doesn’t seem like the type.

  4. Wether true or false this is sure to get very very messy, and public. I’d be surprised if he’s the starter day 1 anywhere this coming year.

  5. I’m curious to see how this unfolds. There is definitely an unseemly stench from the whole matter.

  6. Makes you wonder if Houston had been handling this situation under the table and trying to keep it quiet. Then maybe decided to forget about it once Watson went crazy. Little strange how you suddenly have six lawsuits all at once.

  7. I have no idea what’s true or not true, but I do know this. People are often not what they appear to be. I’m no longer surprised by anyone doing things privately that doesnt match the image they have cultivated.

  8. Your average NFL fan knows everything there is to know about their favorite team.

    As of this offseason, your average NFL fan knows everything there is to know about their favorite team and the Houston Texans.

  9. Looks like Cal McNair and Jack Easterby know more about managing the Texans and players than what they were given credit for.

  10. Not sure how this all will play out but I’ll say this: I feel for you Texans fans I really do. It doesn’t seem like that long ago with Pioli’s insanity and the Jovan Belcher tragedy, it was the Chiefs at the center of it all. It’ll get better.

  11. He could have paid settlements out and kept all this quiet. Instead he decided to defend himself and claim innocence not to mention wait as long as two years for his day in court.
    Doesn’t seem like the action of a guilty man. Regardless if innocent or guilty the smart thing was to pay. But he cared more about fighting back.

  12. How all of a sudden, do six people come out of the woodwork with sexual assault charges? We read about this time and again. What person, male or female, doesn’t report being sexually assaulted to police, and who waits whatever time length, to merely file a civil court charge? Anyone else smell something fishy about all this?

  13. The Texans are idiots, they could’ve traded him earlier and gotten max returns on him. They were stubborn and didn’t and now his value will take a big hit

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