Rusty Hardin says Tony Buzbee’s latest “excuse” for failing to go to law enforcement “is his lamest”

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Earlier this week, attorney Tony Buzbee cited potential biases of the Houston Police Department to support his sudden decision to not provide evidence of alleged sexual assaults involving Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson to authorities. Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin has fired back in a new statement issued Thursday morning.

“Since March 19, Mr. Tony Buzbee has repeatedly promised to submit evidence to the Houston Police Department in support of his anonymous clients’ complaints against Deshaun Watson,” Hardin said. “So far, he has not done so. Now, in response to media inquiries, Mr. Buzbee has abandoned his promise altogether and, in his words, will go ‘elsewhere to provide his evidence to investigative authorities.’

“His latest excuse for failing to go to law enforcement is also his lamest. Anyone who has dealt with HPD, as I have for many years, would know that Mr. Buzbee’s suggestion that the Department would overlook legitimate complaints based upon a family connection of one of its officers is ludicrous. It is also insulting to the dedicated professionals at HPD and to common sense. Mr. Buzbee’s claimed fear of HPD’s partiality is inconsistent with his prior praise for the Department’s response to the burglary of his home during his recent mayoral campaign. . . .

“I would respectfully suggest that Mr. Buzbee’s failure to go to law enforcement does not result from some baseless fear that HPD will not fairly investigate. Instead, it is from the knowledge that his parade of anonymous allegations could not survive the rigorous inquiry of trained investigators or the need to attest to the truth of the allegations under oath.

“For our part, we will continue to learn about the cases in any way that we can. We and Deshaun will always remain available to any law enforcement or regulatory agency who desires our cooperation. Apparently, Mr. Buzbee is unwilling to do the same.”

If Buzbee truly believes that the Houston Police Department would not take seriously the claims of 21 persons who have filed suit based on Buzbee’s involvement in the cases, maybe he shouldn’t be involved in the cases. If Buzbee doesn’t truly believe that the HPD would give short shrift to the claims of 21 persons because Buzbee represents them, Hardin’s explanation is possibly the accurate one. It’s also possible that Buzbee wants to cut off the “why didn’t these people go to the police?” argument that some have raised. (It’s a flawed argument, but that doesn’t keep people from raising it.)

None of this changes the fact that 21 lawsuits have been filed, that it’s permissible for the 21 persons to seek justice through the civil courts, and that these allegations eventually will be subjected to “rigorous inquiry” and testimony under oath. Before it gets to that point, however, it’s possible if not likely that Hardin’s first effort on behalf of Hardin in court will be to challenge all of the cases based on the fact that not a single name has been attached to any of the 21 complaints.

28 responses to “Rusty Hardin says Tony Buzbee’s latest “excuse” for failing to go to law enforcement “is his lamest”

  1. Buzbee is an absolute clown and all about self promotion and money…but why did Watson see so many of these people? Especially when the Texans certainly have massage therapists available to their 8 figure asset…???

  2. This statement by Hardin is a significantly better strategic move than releasing those 18 statements by massage therapists.

  3. Look – Buzbee is a personal injury type of lawyer. That’s his area of expertise. the plaintiff is the one who determines if they want to press criminal charges – and they don’t need Buzbee to do this on their behalf. All the rest of this is theater……

  4. kickedintheteethagain says:
    April 1, 2021 at 9:57 am
    Buzbee is an absolute clown and all about self promotion and money…but why did Watson see so many of these people? Especially when the Texans certainly have massage therapists available to their 8 figure asset…???
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    The number of therapists Watson is using is his own business. People should not establish a link to any potential misbehavior towards the therapists he did consult, based on that. Let the legal process go on first, and examine the complaints, one by one.
    But to do so, Buzbee must stop acting like a clown, and Hardin must confront him to come up with concrete lawsuits, with concrete names of plaintiffs attached to it.

  5. If these girls have legitimate claims (and at least half a brain) they would file their own complaint with the HPD. Then when it’s said and done, get a real lawyer, not a self promoting idiot.

  6. Buzbee appears to be attempting to try these cases in the court of public opinion, hoping that Watson settles out of court. While this has had the effect of likely chasing NFL teams from pursuing Watson, it hasn’t done much else. It appears that Watson has a decent lawyer.

    If these claims turn out to be false, Buzbee could be liable for slander and defamation.

    The next step should be civil trials. Let’s see how that goes.

  7. It is not an issue of whether the HPD will “take the cases seriously”. It is an issue of whether having Hardin’s son on the HPD command staff will cause the department to be biased against the plaintiffs.

    Any competent attorney would be loathe to share information with a police department whose command staff has an obvious conflict of interest. The HPD should pledge that Hardin’s son will be excluded from having any involvement with the cases where his father is representing Watson.

  8. This lawyer isn’t interested in putting anybody in jail. He’s looking to get his and clients, and ipso-facto himself, PAID. Watsons weird, creepy behavior put him in this position and now this weird, creepy ambulance chaser is going to capitalize on it. It’s all just so greasy.

  9. “Mr. Buzbee’s failure to go to law enforcement does not result from some baseless fear that HPD will not fairly investigate. Instead, it is from the knowledge that his parade of anonymous allegations could not survive the rigorous inquiry of trained investigators or the need to attest to the truth of the allegations under oath.”

    Hard to disagree with that statement at this point. Not bringing forth formal charges to the police strongly suggests lack of compelling evidence. One might also conclude that those making the allegations may not want the police investigating their activities.

  10. The number of therapists Watson is using is his own business. People should not establish a link to any potential misbehavior towards the therapists he did consult, based on that.
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    Nonsense. Seeing that many therapists in such a short amount of time is completely abnormal and raises suspicion. Especially considering that they are all women. It’s a pattern.

  11. I don’t think Buzbee would say anything if he didn’t have signed statements from the so called victims.

    If he does, then did Watson commit these allegations is all that is going to matter.

  12. The lawsuits have been filed, answers will shortly be filed and pre-trial discovery (ie depositions and interrogatories) will soon be conducted. And with the way these lawyers are blathering in the press, I’m sure the results of that discovery will be public soon after it is completed. Then everyone can come to more informed and realistic conclusions.

  13. This article does not reference Buzbee’s main concern that opposing attorney Hardin’s son is a high ranking officer the the HPD. Hardin is committed to using any means possible to obtain the identities of Watson’s accusers (“For our part, we will continue to learn about the cases in any way that we can”).and it’s likely he will use his son to reveal/leak that info to Hardin before Buzbee wants to compromise their identity.

  14. As Walter White would say… “He is a two-bit, bus-bench lawyer”

  15. At the end of the day, Watson still has problems that need to be addressed by the NFL No question.

  16. “It’s also possible that Buzbee wants to cut off the “why didn’t these people go to the police?” argument that some have raised. (It’s a flawed argument, but that doesn’t keep people from raising it.)”

    Why exactly is that a flawed argument? If you have evidence that there is a serial sexual predator on the loose, why exactly would filing multiple civil suits be the course of action, instead of making that evidence know to the police?
    If the intent is stop the predation upon women, the latter seems like the obvious choice, rather than solely ensuring that you and your clients get a nice payday.
    But then, I’m not a lawyer, only someone who rather see a criminal prosecuted and potential victims spared from his acts…

  17. I know one thing for sure, and that’s the fact that people are making accusations that are serious in nature, and these accusations are the kind that normally ruin reputations. In the end its the type of stain that follows someone around for the rest of their lives

  18. What part of civil are people having a hardtime with? Oj Simpson got away with murder in criminal court but got destroyed in civil.

  19. chickensalad43 says:
    April 1, 2021 at 11:51 am
    The number of therapists Watson is using is his own business. People should not establish a link to any potential misbehavior towards the therapists he did consult, based on that.
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    Nonsense. Seeing that many therapists in such a short amount of time is completely abnormal and raises suspicion. Especially considering that they are all women. It’s a pattern.

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    “Completely abnormal” in what sense? Pro athletes get massages all the time. They’re all women – maybe Watson doesn’t feel comfortable being massaged by a man. Is that so hard to believe?

    These things are only issues because sanctimonious people can’t view life through anything but their own experiences. Why do any of us even need to know or understand why he’s used so many? Why does anyone care? It’s proof of nothing.

  20. The two very capable lawyers Hardin and Buzbee need to stop the public rhetoric and sit down to communicate with each other. Deshaun Watson might be innocent of any crime but there are enough accusers that a monetary settlement would help this very good quarterback play for a NFL team sooner rather than later. It’s in Watson’s financial interest to do this ASAP!

  21. To the people who continuously point out the number of masseuses he’s had: Because you don’t get it doesn’t make it illegal.

  22. If this was a rap battle, Rusty came with the fire, dropped the mike, and walked off the stage. And for everyone questioning why Watson has so many massage therapist: I don’t know. I also don’t know what it’s like to be sacked 170 times in a 3yr span.

  23. People….let’s stop looking at this as if Watson needed massages because of football injuries. The team already offers that at their facility and I’m these people are trained to deal with exactly the types of injuries players suffer. These were massages of a different type….for a very different reason….

  24. Dennis Finan says:
    April 1, 2021 at 2:30 pm
    What part of civil are people having a hardtime with? Oj Simpson got away with murder in criminal court but got destroyed in civil.
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    The prosecution in OJ’s criminal trial blew it, just like another one currently losing in Minnesota.

  25. One of these scenarios are true:

    #1 – 21 massage therapists were in some way violated by Watson in a sexual way and 0 out of 21 have a desire to file a police report about it. One of them has accused Watson of being a serial predator, yet does not desire to have the police take action against a ‘serial predator’ to convict him of a sex crime and afford the world all of the legal protections that would come with that…knowing that they can continue to seek civil remedy and that having a criminal remedy in progress would only help their case.

    Wow, that seems awfully fishy…

    #2 – The same 21 massage therapists were violated and were directly instructed by Buzbee to not file a complaint with the police because of his lame excuse of potential bias.

    That is breaking the law. It’s called obstruction of justice and probably other crimes as well that involve 21 people banding together to commit such a crime.

    #3 – The same 21 massage therapists are making it all up in hopes of an easy payday. They lose nothing because they are remaining anonymous and are not providing false statements under the threat of perjury. However, they have yet to make any statement that can be used in a court of law. It remains an open question whether they actually will.

    I’m having a hard time believing anything but #3 in this case.

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