Four more assault lawsuits are filed against Deshaun Watson

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Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is now facing seven lawsuits from seven women who claim that Watson engaged in misconduct during the performance of massages.

Via the Houston Chronicle, four more cases officially have been filed. Through Thursday afternoon, three women had sued Watson.

As explained by Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com, the fourth lawsuit alleges that Watson assaulted the same massage therapist twice, in September and October 2020.

Attorney Tony Buzbee plans to hold a press conference on Friday afternoon regarding the cases. He also has promised to provide text messages that presumably reflect liability. The text messages released by Buzbee on Thursday night do not, frankly.

Watson is represented by Houston attorney Rusty Hardin. If Hardin believes Watson did nothing wrong (and Watson has denied all wrongdoing), Hardin’s first move should be to attempt to have all of the cases consolidated into one piece of litigation. If all cases are tried at once, Buzbee’s role in soliciting clients and compiling the claims likely becomes an issue, either in open court or in the jury room, or both. Also, if Hardin can show that only one of the plaintiffs is not telling the truth, that will undermine all of the claims.

51 responses to “Four more assault lawsuits are filed against Deshaun Watson

  1. UMMM….that’s a lot of smoke, I’m guessing there is a fire somewhere. At this point he is lucky this isn’t a criminal investigation. I hope he’s innocent, but this doesn’t look good.

  2. jeez – no wonder he was in such a hurry to get out of town. Texans should have jumped on his trade demands they would have gotten max value. The media is all over this one – this is likely going to dampen another franchises approach to a trade for Watson

  3. So, what’s his trade value now? Would the Jets send the 2nd pick in the draft plus another first rounder?

  4. If you read the first text messages released then you know that Watson clearly did something bad as he apologized to the woman for making her uncomfortable. And asking via text if she’s okay with the “glute area” is also not a good look.

    At the very least these allegations are not made up out of thin air. There’s something here but to what extent the court will have to decide.

  5. Don’t think you want 8 women telling similar stories to the same jury.

    Rusty Hardin has a reputation as being hard-hitting. At least in his hey day. He beat the perjury rap when Roger Clemens was charged with perjury after Clemens testified before Congress that he had not used steroids.

  6. I’m no fan of him or Houston, but this doesn’t add up. Not a single woman filed a police report, but all them ran to the same lawyer?

  7. Pro athletes are provided the best of everything from teams which include professional masseuses. You don’t need to hire any for personal massages unless you are looking for something illegal.

  8. Your legal input is appreciated, Mike, considering that you are an attorney. If last night’s dump of messages don’t reflect any wrongdoing, any idea why they would even be released by the attorney pursuing these lawsuits? Seems like it would go against his cause.

  9. I’ve had several therapeutic massages for sports injuries. Never asked for or wanted my glutes to be massaged. I never had to apologize to any masseuse for anything I did either.

  10. andreboy1 says:
    March 19, 2021 at 11:51 am
    If you read the first text messages released then you know that Watson clearly did something bad as he apologized to the woman for making her uncomfortable. And asking via text if she’s okay with the “glute area” is also not a good look.

    At the very least these allegations are not made up out of thin air. There’s something here but to what extent the court will have to decide.

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    What messages are you reading? He asked a very simple, up-front question about an area of his body that needs to be massaged. If you’ve seen or read anything about athletes massages and what they need done, the glute area is extremely routine. The apology shows nothing other than a simple misunderstanding that he took responsibility for. Like Florio said, if this is what the lawyer has, he has nothing.

  11. At this point, his trade value is having to package him with some picks just to get him out of town.

  12. Given the serial nature of these alleged crimes and the heightened public awareness (and protests) of crimes against women, it seems only a matter of time until the Harris County district attorney gets involved. Watson’s future is likely to be severely compromised.

  13. Sorry still not buying it. No with this lawyer and involving someone like Jack Easterby.

  14. If the lawsuits were filed by different lawyers, I would be much more concerned. Because it is being done by a single lawyer who wants to put out all the information on the internet, I am a bit more reserved. Concerned, yes. Believe he did something illegal, not convinced. Would I trade for him, not now.

  15. I don’t know man, I know we’re supposed to believe women when this happens but there’s something about this lawyer that reeks of attention and money grabbing. When the LAWYER starts out the press conference bragging about his accomplishments and whatnot, it’s not a good look. It’s not a good look for anyone involved in this. Seems like happy endings are Watson’s kink, and we all know there are tons of places to find them. Smells like the lawyer caught wind he likes to do this and went hunting for “victims.”

  16. The fact that Watson went outside of the organization to find several different women to perform ” glute region ” massages doesn’t look good in of itself. The NFL teams have professional people that do this in house. That is a common professional athlete massage, but it can be done at the facility or in your own home. Instead, he’s flying women in from out of town, going to their personal homes, etc. By doing that, he’s setting himself for a lawsuit to happen. So my question is why? Why would he do this through so many women and each of these women are now coming forward? Where there is smoke, there is usually fire.

    I find it interesting that some of these were taking place close to the time he started pushing for a trade. I’m beginning to think he wanted out of Houston quickly for a whole other reason than what the media was saying. Could be why he was so quiet and left town to visit New York and Miami. All of the media’s information about wanting a trade was coming from Watson’s camp, not Watson himself and not publicly. That could have all been a smoke screen if even one of these women said they were going to do something about their encounter with him.

    Sooner or later, the number of women coming forward will overcome the want by fans to perceive him as a good and innocent person.

    This one man’s word….against 7 to 9 different women.

    Texans need to take what they can get now. They don’t benefit from this in the slightest. He was never going to play for them anyway and his trade value is dropping by the second. They lose any way this plays out.

  17. Watson is at the option of last resort, which is playing the race card and crying racism to get out of any charges. I’m sure Stephen A Smith is on the phone with him right now coaching him on how to play it to it’s full potential.

  18. It is very common for victims especially sexual assault victims to contact the same lawyer that is representing another client or clients. It’s hard enough to come forward in these cases and having someone who believes you and other victims to help support you is very empowering.

  19. I’ll admit, at first I thought this was an orchestrated smear campaign, but how many women are going to come forward? Where there’s smoke, there’s fire???

  20. I’m sorry, but is this serious? Seems like some clown show stuff, and no one should be taking any of this seriously from the fact that no one went to the police to the silly Instagram lawyer to one of these people said it happened twice on two separate occasions, except from even their admission, nothing even happened except that they didn’t like massaging his butt. Please make it stop. I’m losing brain cells.

  21. This does look sketchy at best, those messages seem pretty mild. Thr truth will come out soon enough.

  22. We don’t know the real story yet, but I’m not at all impressed by what the lawyer has dribbled out so far. This is a classic pressure technique for a lawyer who wants to try his case in the court of public opinion. He wants to keep the heat on by making it appear there is more damaging stuff to come, but it’s possible he has nothing much at all.

    It’s also possible that Buzbee has attracted plaintiffs by telling them that this is all designed to lead to a settlement and nobody will have to go to court. If Watson stands firm, we’ll see how long this continues.

    If I were a celebrity or pro athlete, I would never be alone with somebody I don’t know well. It’s a lousy thing to have to be so suspicious, but that’s the world we live in.

  23. Not a fan of his, but something smells “fishy”
    Not one police report was filed? Guessing money grab. Getting excited during a massage is not illegal. It doesn’t add up.

  24. I’ve played multiple sports and ran track for many years, the glute and groin area are EXTREMELY important and constantly need to be massaged to stay lose, or recovery purposes. Hamstring and groin pulls usually happen because the GLUTE isn’t stretched and warmed up. Id let the case play out before jumping to conclusions.

  25. So ALL of the women have Buzbee as the lawyer. This looks like a setup to get Watson to pay. I wouldn’t trust Buzbee at all.

  26. Where is the criminal investigation? Where are the criminal charges? Anyone can file a civil suit against anyone for anything!

    I’m not saying there’s nothing here, but the same sleazy lawyer filing all of these civil suits smells!

  27. I have a hard time believing 7 different women who all massaged Watson had an issue with him all made it up…. Hard enough to get one woman to come forward and he has 7 …and there could be more…what do people want videos?

  28. remizak says:
    March 19, 2021 at 12:39 pm
    We don’t know the real story yet, but I’m not at all impressed by what the lawyer has dribbled out so far. This is a classic pressure technique for a lawyer who wants to try his case in the court of public opinion. He wants to keep the heat on by making it appear there is more damaging stuff to come, but it’s possible he has nothing much at all.

    It’s also possible that Buzbee has attracted plaintiffs by telling them that this is all designed to lead to a settlement and nobody will have to go to court. If Watson stands firm, we’ll see how long this continues.

    If I were a celebrity or pro athlete, I would never be alone with somebody I don’t know well. It’s a lousy thing to have to be so suspicious, but that’s the world we live in.
    __________________

    This. 1,000 times this.

    Now if he DID pressure or abuse any of these women in the ways alleged, I hope he gets ruined.

    But this dog and pony show that’s going on now? Color me skeptical.

  29. Noticed they are all women although there are quite a few skilled men in that occupation.

    but my 3 questions are- Doesn’t the Texans provide massages? Shucks, my employer does.
    And – Is it necessary to fly a masseuse in from Atlanta to a Houston hotel? All locals booked up that day? Last one – Why couldn’t he simply find a skilled masseuse and call her/him when he needed a massage? Working through the yellow pages?

  30. Ok plenty of legit massage therapist that provide a legit massage. When u fly one in from atlanta come on man. Now finding a massage therapist that provides the happy ending on the flip is easy also, ask a certain team owner. If that’s ur thing u need to be generous and stick with them. Anyway it goes it’s an embarrassing mess for Watson. No police reports shows it’s a money grab but now watson reputation is hit hard.

  31. I taught my sons to respect every female with the same respect that they expect other men to give to their mother and sisters. I was taught the same by my father.

  32. shaquilleoatmeal says:
    March 19, 2021 at 12:04 pm
    I’ve had several therapeutic massages for sports injuries. Never asked for or wanted my glutes to be massaged
    ——————————————

    I’ve also had sports massages. And I absolutely wanted my glutes massaged and not in an erotic manner, particularly after heavy squat/deadlift work after I tweaked the connection between my hamstring and glute muscles.

  33. andreboy1 says:
    March 19, 2021 at 11:51 am

    If you read the first text messages released then you know that Watson clearly did something bad as he apologized to the woman for making her uncomfortable. And asking via text if she’s okay with the “glute area” is also not a good look.

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    I agree with the first but not the second.

    The glute area ranges from your butt down the back of your thigh, major muscles are in that area including abductors and hamstrings. It would make absolute sense for an athlete to want that area massaged as its constantly being worked and gets sore, and depending on the politeness of the person, to check if the person giving the massage is okay with that is it’s close to “intimate” areas.

  34. My thing is if he’s guilty how come no criminal charges have been filed? Why civil lawsuits?

  35. Going to go both extremes on this one(both fairly obvious also), either Watson is in big big big big trouble legally and financially….or this attorney representing these women and the women themselves are going to get hit with defamation suits that I would think would put the attorney out of business.

  36. The idea that casting doubt on one claim could negate the rest of the claims that could be legit just illustrates how messed up our legal system is. It’s all about finding loopholes and technicalities.

  37. If he did this, he sure had a lot of people fooled. If he didn’t, it’s still going to follow him around. It seems to be looking worse for him with each passing day. Football is on the backburner now.

  38. Just to clarify, one victim says she was assaulted twice, about a month apart. So she was so traumatized and upset by the first encounter, she agreed to have another session with Watson a month later? Do I have this right?

  39. What Buzzbee is doing is common practice amongst PI lawyers – the fact that they are doing it for the minimum ($500) doesn’t mean someone with deep pockets isn’t paying them under the table. The timing of this, is very strange. The FBI should investigate.

  40. Strange situation. We saw already that for some cases so far, the text messages by Watson do not prove liability, and then, for some others, liability for sexual assault depends on both sides testimony, with no factual proofs.
    Buzbee might end up with some counter suit, while Watson may have to settle for certain cases. From a legal standpoint, let’s not forget Buzbee may lose credibility very fast if cases with no foundation have been thrown in.

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