Deshaun Watson’s lawyer says response will happen next week

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With seven assault lawsuits filed against him, five more on the way, and at least 10 more under consideration, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson faces a major legal problem. His lawyer, Rusty Hardin, says that a response from Watson will be provided next week.

“I’m extremely proud to represent Deshaun Watson and wholly stand behind him against what we believe are meritless allegations,” Hardin said, via Mark Berman of FOX 26. “However, we will wait to comment in detail until we’ve completed our review of the numerous, evolving allegations from Mr. Buzbee. We will respond next week and ask you to keep an open mind until we do so.”

Although a court of law affords multiple protections and presumptions for Watson, the court of public opinion is not required to be as accommodating. With the number of accusers at 22 and counting, it becomes very difficult for each and every allegation to be explained away. At some point, the sheer volume of allegations will cause the average person to conclude that Watson has utilized the inherently intimate context of a massage as a way to engage in predatory behavior while preserving plausible deniability.

The deniability is becoming less plausible by the news cycle. Long before verdicts are issued in civil cases, the court of public opinion will pass judgment. For many, it already has occurred.

41 responses to “Deshaun Watson’s lawyer says response will happen next week

  1. But was he at least wearing a mask during all these massages? That’s the real question that needs to be asked!

  2. Agreed. “Sometime” next week is going to be a week late. I know Mr. Hardin was waiting for Mr. Buzbee to see what he had to say at his presser today but Mr. Hardin better start fighting back & fighting back hard before ASAP because it only looks like the number of accusers is going to grow.

  3. Fake claims initiated by Watson so the Texans cut him? Then all the lawsuits will be dropped and he can pick where he goes. This is why no criminal charges have been filed. Filing a false police report is a crime.

  4. Let’s have some compassion for this young man. He’s a lonely super star. Not the first, won’t be the last. Tiger Woods carried the same burden. This is a cultural issue. Let’s face it together.

    I think all this will pass and will bring to light the human side.

  5. I have not seen any reference to NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy implications in any reports. That is crucial. The precedent is set with AB and Zeke. Suspension is inevitable and impacts his trade value. He was cast as sympathetically as a victim of the Texans front office. Different story now. Look at how AB was cast for far fewer allegations and same with Zeke. When will we see reports on NFL PCP factor?

  6. I hope the ENTIRE case is carried out on Twitter! 🙄
    What’s the broadcasting rights on that?

  7. If you were innocent you wouldn’t wait for anything. You would respond as an innocent man. They are waiting to see how much evidence is against him. So obviously,he did stuff, it’s just a matter of how much they can prove. Gonna reap what ya sow.

  8. Next week? Hello I’m under attack, and every day that passes this thing gets worse and worse. If he’s innocent he should be holding a press conference, and he should be attacking the lawyer, and calling out his accusers, and telling the world this is a shameless attempt at a money grab. I didn’t do anything inappropriate, and I’m not paying a cent to make this go away. In fact I’ll spend whatever it takes to prove my innocence. He’s not doing that, and that is making me think he’s guilty. Sorry but I’d be getting and center trying to save my reputation not waiting for my lawyer to craft some sweet response a week later

  9. bengals4life says:
    March 19, 2021 at 6:57 pm
    Ray Rice 2.0

    Oh, really? Not even the same thing and your bungles have a wall of shame considering the amount of real criminals that have played for that organization so sit down.

  10. I wish there was a prop bet for this? I’d bet the farm this is a name smear of epic proportions. More often than not I go get a massage and they try to get out of it by touching my junk. Then they get pissed when I tell them I’m not here for that. Oh and towel! What towel? SMH

  11. Oh, I look forward to Hardin’s response. Next week is only too late for the ADD adults among us. Two weeks from now, they’ll be talking about Hardin’s response, not why it took him a week to do so. Imagine, wanting to take seven days to properly investigate these allegations. Wanna bet these spa masseuses themselves have plenty to hide?

  12. touchback6 says:
    March 19, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    12 women and counting. Cosby was supposedly innocent too.

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    You do realize there’s a difference between drugging and raping a woman as opposed to the allegations in these civil complaints don’t you?

  13. Big Ben and Kobe Bryant were cleared of similar allegations. Don’t jump to conclusions yet.

  14. I intended to keep an open mind, as requested. However, with the tactics of the women’s Charlatan of an attorney, I’m starting to side with Watson. Making a victim of the accused is not his goal, but is exactly what he is doing.

  15. Buzbee and the women… hired by the dolphins Jets Broncos… well almost every team in the NFL.

  16. If Watson is guilty he should tell Hardin the whole truth. Then Hardin will be able to undertake an appropriate settlement and protect Deshaun Watson from further liability from the NFL and the details of the settlement from becoming public!

  17. so, if the women didn’t care enough to report it when it happened… why should i?

  18. Buzbee & Hardin are 2 of the top attorneys in the state. Just that makes it interesting. Add all the accusations against a top tier NFL QB and this is going to be interesting.

  19. californianewton says:
    March 19, 2021 at 7:31 pm
    Big Ben and Kobe Bryant were cleared of similar allegations. Don’t jump to conclusions yet.

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    Settled does not mean cleared.

  20. Usually a professional athlete has one, maybe 3, professional massage therapist on the payroll. The fact that he has had at least 12 different ones, contacting them on social media, pretty much tells you all you need to know. The 12 are the only ones that you have heard about. Just think how many he’s gone through and have gotten his way with. All of you with conspiracy theories on this, I hope you don’t have daughters.

  21. And these victims think, and I promise you, he used this to his advantage, whose going to believe me against him? Again, I hope none of you ever have star struck daughters

  22. And these victims think, and I promise you, he used this to his advantage, whose going to believe me against him?

  23. Although a court of law affords multiple protections and presumptions for Watson, the court of public opinion is not required to be as accommodating. With the number of accusers at 22 and counting, it becomes very difficult for each and every allegation to be explained away.

    Guess it’s good that nowhere in the Constitution or Public Law does the court of public opinion matter. At all. The media works hard to make everything salacious, and the public loves to bring everybody down. I stand by my position that I am going to let the American Justice System, no matter how flawed, work.

  24. Remember how a bunch of players came for Chad Wheeler’s head a couple of months ago? Rightfully so – he’s a dirtbag.

    Where are those players now? Seems like Watson’s just getting a free pass after Bill Cosby-esque accusations here.

  25. 12 accusers. Yet not one single police report, phone call to the police, police complaint? Not saying something didn’t happen but something just seems “off”.

  26. I’m thinking Texans wished they had traded him a week ago when he was America’s #1 victim (even though he signed his extension AFTER all the high-profile bad signings were done) and 4x 1st rounders were being talked about.

  27. biggs13 says:
    March 19, 2021 at 7:26 pm
    I wish there was a prop bet for this? I’d bet the farm this is a name smear of epic proportions. More often than not I go get a massage and they try to get out of it by touching my junk. Then they get pissed when I tell them I’m not here for that. Oh and towel! What towel? SMH

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    Damn playa where you been going for your massage!?

  28. boogermcf says:
    March 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm
    touchback6 says:
    March 19, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    12 women and counting. Cosby was supposedly innocent too.

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    You do realize there’s a difference between drugging and raping a woman as opposed to the allegations in these civil complaints don’t you?

    34 19 Rate This

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    Sure, except the pattern is the same. Cosby is in jail for life. Watson may only see limited jail time. It won’t be Winslow Jr level or Darren Woodson level either.

    Got it?

    12 women (or more) didn’t get on a conf call one day to collude against Watson.

  29. What he should be doing is acknowledging his sins publicly, and taking responsibility for them. Few people have the humility for that though.

    People need to stop with hero worship. No matter how well you think you know an athlete- you don’t.

  30. On the contrary, I think the more of these lawsuits that are filed, the less plausible it seems. The number of filings has reached an absurd level and continues to climb. Watson’s attorney may be wise to sit tight and let the filings, press conferences and claims continue as they get more outlandish by the day. I find the accusations less credible by the day. Today they are claiming contact with Houston Police, which HPD disputes. The facts established to this point do not support the accusations.

  31. I have a feeling there’s a connection between the Texans and the lawyer representing all these girls. How could 12 girls have a crime committed against them yet not a single one called the police? I think this is going to end up with the owner selling the franchise, when it’s all said and done, and going away to prison for a long time. Just a hunch.

  32. Crazy thing is that some of these women massaged him AGAIN after the alleged “assaults” too place. Man they must have been severely traumatized!

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