New Deshaun Watson lawsuit alleges deletion of Instagram messages, efforts to settle

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The list of lawsuits against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has now reached 19. One of the newest lawsuits contains a different type of allegation.

Via Aaron Reiss of, one of the three new lawsuits filed on Monday says this: “As a result of the repeated lawsuits against him, Watson is deleting Instagram messages, and contacting those who formally provided him massages, in an attempt to settle.

It’s unclear based on that specific quote whether Watson is allegedly contacting massage therapists who have sued or those who have not yet made claims. Although all lawsuits have been filed under a Jane Doe pseudonym, the paperwork typically contains information regarding the dates and places of the interactions.

If Watson want to settle one or more of the claims, the best course would be to have his lawyer, Rusty Hardin, contact lawyer Tony Buzbee, who represents all of the plaintiffs. It’s never a good idea for a defendant to directly contact a plaintiff in situations like this, for a variety of reasons.

If Watson is deleting Instagram messages, that’s a separate problem. Beyond the fact that the message likes can be electronically reconstructed, it creates the potential impression that Watson is trying to hide something.

As we’ve said multiple times, Watson should try to arrange a mediation sessions that would give all parties a quasi-day in court and that would resolve all claims to the satisfaction of everyone involved. Mediation has become very popular over the past three decades because mediation works.

25 responses to “New Deshaun Watson lawsuit alleges deletion of Instagram messages, efforts to settle

  1. Oh boy. I bet a lot of people who have been defending this guy all of a sudden feel pretty silly for doing so.

  2. So does he get suspended a year if he settles? 2 years? Lifetime? Nothing? What will the NFL do?

  3. Idk, I get it is prolly the smart money to just settle.

    But if he’s truly innocent, I can also understand not settling.

    And maybe he’s deleting Instagram because he’s finally realized, like many of us, that nothing good happens on social media

  4. NFL will Consider Settlement as an admission of guilt and result in substantial suspension.

  5. If Buzbee wins, or Watson agrees to pay, Buzbee will make much more money than ANY of the plaintiffs.

  6. I’m not saying Watson did, or didn’t, do the things alleged. But offers to settle/offers of compromise are not and cannot be used as evidence that a person committed the alleged offense. It’s law school civ pro 101. The plaintiffs’ attorney knows this; so the fact that he filed it in an amended Complaint that states Watson offered to settle the cases, and then took it public, looks a little shady to me.

  7. I am a mediator. My best guess at this time is that it’s too early in the litigation to put the case to mediation, which usually works best after both sides have conducted extensive discovery of the facts which, in turn, allows the opposing lawyers to get a good handle on what can be proved and what can’t. Allegations and denials aren’t usually a good basis for compromise. Of course, there may be exceptions and this may be one of them, especially if there’s a strong document trail. A good sign for a successful mediation is where both sides are represented by very competent lawyers experienced in trial work, which seems to be the case here.

  8. Deleting your instagram profile is very different than deleting messages that you sent to people (especially if those messages could be connected to a lawsuit).

    Maybe Watson is innocent of these charges, but he is doing nothing to help himself, and certainly isn’t acting like someone who is innocent.

    Guess continuing to play for the Texans wasn’t the worst thing that could happen to him….

  9. curtis20 says:
    March 29, 2021 at 1:15 pm
    Still no arrest being made? Must be nice to be famous and rich i guess


    Except if he wasn’t rich and famous, he wouldn’t be targeted like this, so it really kinda isn’t.

  10. When all is said and done the Texans might be the ones having to give up multiple #1 picks to Trade Watson.

  11. If Watson is deleting things and diving into the middle of this on his own.

    I don’t think it will end well.

  12. kissbillsrings says:
    March 29, 2021 at 1:06 pm
    Any criminal suits filed or is this strictly civil?

    Only civil right now. DA only takes cases that they know they can win.

  13. Settling and taking the suspension will be the only way out of this. Suspension is better than banned completely.

  14. touchback6 says:
    March 29, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Why are the authorities not investigating?


    Because no one has gone to or called authorities with any allegations.
    They don’t just turn on the news and say “Oh, I see Deshaun Watson is being sued like crazy. Let’s investigate.”

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