Lawyer will request a grand jury to consider criminal charges against Deshaun Watson

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Beyond pursuing 12 lawsuits and counting against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, lawyer Tony Buzbee will commence on Monday an effort to spark a criminal prosecution of Watson.

“Per advice from a well known criminal defense attorney,” Buzbee said Saturday night on social media, “[o]ur team will be submitting affidavits and evidence from several women, who had experiences with Deshaun Watson, to the Houston Police Department and the Houston District Attorney, on Monday morning. We will request that a grand jury be empaneled to consider the evidence we provide.”

Requesting a grand jury to be empaneled won’t automatically result in a grand jury being empaneled. First, the prosecutors must decide whether to pursue the cases.

The high bar of proof beyond a reasonable doubt becomes a major factor for prosecutors in deciding whether to proceed with criminal cases. Most prosecutors only pursue matters that they know they can win. Cases based on two witnesses who will test diametrically opposed stories become difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

It will be for the prosecutors to decide the proper exercise of the vast discretion that the office has at its disposal. That will be based on the evidence received from Buzbee, and on whatever Watson’s lawyer makes available, if anything, to persuade prosecutors that reasonable doubt exists.

33 responses to “Lawyer will request a grand jury to consider criminal charges against Deshaun Watson

  1. Watson is screwed.

    Love or hate Buzbee, like or dislike his style, he’s a good lawyer and he wouldn’t be jumping through these hoops if he didn’t think he could win.

  2. Empaneling a grand jury has nothing to do with what the defense may provide, as the defense does not get to provide evidence in an indictment in Texas.

  3. Obviously if he is proved guilty on any of these charges, he deserves what he gets. That said, this feels like a deliberate attempt to destroy his reputation and therefore any possibility of anyone wanting to trade for him.

    I wouldn’t put anything past the Texans at this post.

  4. As the facts trickle out Watson’s behavior is at least odd. Soliciting massages on Instagram with multiple massage therapists and his attorney uses the pandemic as an excuse.

  5. If there weren’t criminal charges to begin with, there shouldn’t be now. Buzzby is an ambulance chaser.

  6. He said they will provide evidence. That could mean video and that would be a blow to Watson. No pun intended.

  7. Add, I thought Buzzby didn’t want to air this out on social media, yet every new statement comes via social media.
    I don’t know the truth, but everything I’ve read on Buzzbe makes me very, very skeptical of him and the fact that not one of these women has hired their own attorney. They’re all with him, like it’s some kind of free ride. The timing and the pining make this more then abit fishy.

  8. Watson better better settle this as fast as he can before he’s charged, convicted and out of football.
    If I were him I’d go straight to the owner McNair and beg for help and forgiveness.

  9. Many of us have known Watson’s character was questionable for many years. We were just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

  10. Private attorneys do not get to request a Grand Jury. Police investigate reports of crimes, find evidence, give a report to the prosecutor, and then the prosecutor decides if a GJ will be convened. This is starting to get ridiculous.

  11. If “many of us” have known Watson’s character has been questionable for many years I’d sure like to know who they are and why they kept it a secret. Imo, the ability to throw a nice spiral pass is not a good enough reason to give someone reason to look the other way.

  12. He deserves due process. Innocent until proven guilty. I’ll reserve any opinion or judgement until the evidence comes out. Unfortunately, when women accuse men of these types of crimes we automatically associate the accusation with guilt. If the charge brought forth by the accusation is proven false, that does not erase the stigma of the charge and the accuser walks away without any penalty.

  13. I wonder how this story would be presented if it was an owner involved in questionable massages?

  14. Eaglehaslanded !!! says:
    March 21, 2021 at 2:07 pm
    He deserves due process. Innocent until proven guilty. I’ll reserve any opinion or judgement until the evidence comes out. Unfortunately, when women accuse men of these types of crimes we automatically associate the accusation with guilt. If the charge brought forth by the accusation is proven false, that does not erase the stigma of the charge and the accuser walks away without any penalty.

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    Goodell smeared Elliott for nothing and no evidence of anything.

    I wonder which direction he goes here? If the Jets or Miami traded for him, he would try to cover this up with local offcials because that is what he’s done in the past with AFC teams he wants to beat the Pats. Houston is a mess and rebuilding so I am not sure he cares much there.

  15. No loss to anyone. He just plays a sport. He has not cured cancer or even made a difference in the world.

  16. I can’t believe anything he says as Buzbee already out right lied about speaking to Houston Police earlier. So unless something actually comes from it, it just empty words.

  17. It really can’t be asserted, as a reader above argued, that Buzbee “wouldn’t be jumping through these hoops if he didn’t think he could win.”
    We don’t know what Buzbee’s motivations or objectives are here because we don’t know who may be behind Buzbee and what is truly driving this charade. In the long run Buzbee could win or Buzbee could lose. But the long run objective is not likely what Buzbee (or his backers) are really focused on. The objective may be to ruin Watson’s reputation and weaken his market value, and that is all about right now. That is a short term objective which may be more important to the people providing the impetus for this clown show. The public’s attention span is very short and how this shakes out in the long run may not matter at all. The public only cares about what is new and sensational and titillating, and that is where publicity-hogging, ambulance chasing lawyers like Buzbee make their living. When this thing shakes itself out months or years from now, the public’s attention will have long turned to other things and Watson will be ruined and out of the NFL.

  18. touchback6 says:
    March 21, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Goodell smeared Elliott for nothing and no evidence of anything.

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    Dude, you’re all over the place!
    You’ve been on here constantly ranting every chance you get about how Goodell protects & covers up for players accused of domestic violence.
    Now here you are saying that Goodell smeared somebody.
    Which one is it? Pick one lane & stay in it.

  19. Buzbee might want to review Texas Bar Rule 4.04. Rule 4.04(b)(1) states that “(b) A lawyer shall not present, participate in presenting, or threaten to present:
    (1) criminal or disciplinary charges solely to gain an advantage in a civil matter.”

  20. “I wonder how this story would be presented if it was an owner involved in questionable massages?”

    The Patriot Way

  21. I was skeptical about this (timing and lack of a criminal investigation)… but I was convinced this is a hit job when the first thing out of this lawyers mouth was (paraphrased) “I am not working with the Houston Texans, and I have no idea what cal or hal Mcnair even looks like, I’ve never met the man.” 1) Everyone in a major city with a major sports franchise knows who the owners of the team are. This would only be plausible if he wasn’t a local but… 2) THE TEXANS OWNER IS HIS NEIGHBOR!!!!…. In a situation like this you bring your evidence to the police, you don’t immediately file 10+ separate civil lawsuits (let alone one at a time to maximize press coverage). Once criminal charges are indicted.. THEN you file the civil suit. The only exception to this was Donald Trump.. who couldn’t be criminally charged while president.

  22. I think someone should hire a lawyer to check into how Buzzbe got away without getting a dui.

  23. justwondering says:
    March 21, 2021 at 5:35 pm
    Buzbee might want to review Texas Bar Rule 4.04. Rule 4.04(b)(1) states that “(b) A lawyer shall not present, participate in presenting, or threaten to present:
    (1) criminal or disciplinary charges solely to gain an advantage in a civil matter.”

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    You did notice the word “solely” in that sentence, right?

  24. eaglesfan22 says:
    March 21, 2021 at 6:06 pm
    “I wonder how this story would be presented if it was an owner involved in questionable massages?”

    The Patriot Way

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    Yes, let’s compare consensual sex to sexual assault. Always nice to see such stunning IQ levels on this board.

  25. “I wonder how this story would be presented if it was an owner involved in questionable massages?”

    Probably would depend on whether any of the “massage therapists” were upset about the questionable massages. I haven’t heard of any suggestions that any were with respect to any owner receiving massages. Sounds like owners know where to go to get what they need from willing providers. Apparently not the case with some players.

  26. This is just a pressure tactic to get him to settle, Watson and his legal team need to fight this sleaze ball attorney with everything they have!

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