Deshaun Watson’s lawyer suggests that assault claims are fabricated

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As more and more individuals sue Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson for assault occurring during massage therapy, it becomes more and more difficult to believe that each and every one is embellishing or lying. Watson, however, ultimately may claim that this is precisely what’s happening.

His agent, David Mulugheta, has posted the following tweet: “Sexual assault is real. Victims should be heard, offenders prosecuted. Individuals fabricate stories in pursuit of financial gain often. Their victims should be heard, and those offenders also prosecuted. I simply hope we keep this same energy with the truth.”

It’s far too early in the process to even begin to draw any conclusions. Barring a settlement or a judicial resolution short of a full-blown trial, a jury will eventually hear and resolve these claims. Watson has rights, the alleged victims have rights, and the system has steps that are taken to give all parties a fair and equal shot at advance and vindicating their rights.

Regardless of whether Watson committed assault in one or more instances, he will spend considerable sums defending himself. If he indeed committed assault, he should endure any and all appropriate consequences.

The problem, of course, is that the outcome likely will be determined by an imperfect process, one that believes pitting the parties and their lawyers against each other as adversaries will result in the truth being revealed. Whether the actual truth is ever determined, the only truth that matters will appear in the form of the final verdict.

Apart from the court of law is the court of public opinion. Attorney Tony Buzbee aggressively has been making his case to the general public, via social media. He’ll hold a press conference later today, further aimed at persuading the average person that Watson committed misconduct, and potentially aimed at tainting the jury pool(s). Mulugheta’s tweet becomes the first effort since Watson’s Tuesday night tweet addressing and denying responsibility in connection with the first lawsuit filed.

Buzbee has said there will be two more lawsuits. There could be more after that. If the defense as to all claims will be fabrication, it will be challenging to prevail in court — and it will be even more challenging to make it work in the court of public opinion, where most will assume that nine different people can’t be fabricating claims.

22 responses to “Deshaun Watson’s lawyer suggests that assault claims are fabricated

  1. “Regardless of whether Watson committed assault in one or more instances, he will spend considerable sums defending himself. ”

    And if it is found that these stories ARE fabricated, Watson should go after this lawyer and his clients for every penny he spent along with punitive damages for what has, or will most likely, be done to to his career.

    JMO

  2. And then this

    “Apart from the court of law is the court of public opinion. Attorney Tony Buzbee aggressively has been making his case to the general public, via social media. He’ll hold a press conference later today, further aimed at persuading the average person that Watson committed misconduct, and potentially aimed at tainting the jury pool(s). ”

    Witness tampering at its best…jeez

  3. If most people had one masseuse they really liked, they would keep using that one person and perhaps find a way to use them on a permanent basis and put them on a payroll. Like a golf caddy or a chef.
    Apparently this guy Watson keeps using different masseuses every time he need a massage. You have to wonder what is up with that.

  4. Yeah but Mike, this is the thing: This buzbee guy is clearly a politician, and being such could possibly constitute major collusion here. So don’t rule it out Mike.

  5. Call me a bad person but I don’t buy all these cases. The timing is just too “perfect.”

  6. based on the “texts” that the accusing attorney released – they have nothing

  7. “Witness tampering at its best…jeez”

    —————————————————————————————Hard to imagine this is witness tampering, since I don’t imagine anyone else was in the room with them. This is more about trying to get a settlement before some awful facts or stories come out. Sure it might be tough to find a fair jury in Houston but all the defense has to do is get the trial moved.

  8. No criminal charges filed, and as far as we know, none were ever even suggested. It looks like the possibility of numbers of persons seeing a potential pay-day, so they are screaming to get on board. Unless there is evidence, genuine physical evidence, the possible profit motive negates the “she said” side of the equation. The number of people they can get to join them in making a claim is irrelevant.

  9. Watson put himself in this position and what else do you expect his agent to say.. What would be nice if the league truly would go after the truth and not do as Brown slap on hand and then allow him to play with another incident before his first game. Is odd some never are allowed prove they were set up and never been allowed for it to end

  10. “Implies”, maybe, at best, but it’s such an indirect statement. A denial would sound stronger if there was any confidence behind it.

  11. Anyone else find themselves giggling when you see a mock draft where a team is trading their pick for Watson. NO WAY THAT HAPPENS NOW.

  12. Am I the only person who smells something fishy here? Let’s look at this. ALL of the accusers have the same attorney. The attorney asked for a 6 figure settlement or else he would go public. The attorney proceeds to have a press conference. These allegedly happened a year ago, and are conveniently surfacing now?

    Something isn’t right here.

  13. I’m a Texans fan, and these accusations against Deshaun are a surprise because they seem very out of character. However, I don’t want to rush to judgment on either side of this, because I think it’s important that both sides have their day in court to present their arguments/defense.

    What I will say, is that an abundance of weak cases does not equal a strong case. It feels like this lawyer has a string of very weak cases to present at once, in the hopes that this overwhelming amount of cases leads the public to believe that it must be true if there are so many. I have only read the accusations in the first case, which seem flimsy and hard to prove since it’s a ‘he-said, she-said’ situation.

    Again, I think both sides deserve a reservation of judgment until the cases have been presented. But the volume of cases against him does not make me lean towards a ‘he must be guilty’ opinion.

  14. Not saying he is innocent but does it sound a bit strange to anyone that one of the alleged victims claims to have been assaulted in September 2020 but booked a subsequent appointment with him in October 2020 where she claims to have been assaulted a second time?

  15. Well it’s way to early in the process. There are a lot of suppositions being stated; What if,if,if and more! It’s he said she said nine times. How about payments being made to the accusers and then a non disclosure agreement!

  16. As long as a halfway decent attorney can put Watson in a room alone with the accuser and there are no third party direct witnesses it will basically come down to who the jury believes more Watson or the accuser. And the preponderance of evidence is not by much. Never good for the accused.

  17. After watching the decisions the Texans have made the last 2 or so years, I seriously question if they are even smart or capable enough to pull off a conspiracy involving this many people.

  18. I agree 100%. If Watson is guilty, he should be in prison for 25 years or more. If the accusers lied, they should go to prison 25 years. This is serious stuff.

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