Rusty Hardin welcomes investigation of Deshaun Watson

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On Friday, someone filed criminal charges with the Houston Police Department regarding Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, has issued a statement regarding the development.

“We welcome this long overdue development,” Hardin said in a statement. “Now we will learn the identity of at least one accuser. We will fully cooperate with the Houston Police Department.”

This implies that Watson will agree to be interviewed by police, without invoking his right against self-incrimination.

Watson has denied charges that have been reduced to 21 civil lawsuits. Hardin repeatedly has complained about the fact that the plaintiffs have proceeded anonymously.

35 responses to “Rusty Hardin welcomes investigation of Deshaun Watson

  1. 21 “assaults” and not a single one of them went to the police until now. Only after the multi-million dollar lawsuit. Tells you everything you need to know.

  2. Hardin is barking up the wrong tree calling all of these victims storytellers, liars, etc. He has already admitted his client had some sexual contact with them.

    This isn’t write a check to make sure Clemens’s steroid lies get protected either.

    24 women and counting. People claimed Cosby was being extorted, too.

  3. This whole situation is unreal. The way Watson has portrayed himself as a professional makes me still kind of believe that this could all be untrue. However, the sheer number of accusations & backers is just too much to ignore.

    Imagine if Watson’s image was not squeaky clean before the allegations? The media (cough cough) would have already crucified him on the cross of public opinion.

  4. I believe that earlier the defense lawyer said Watson had consensual sex with one of the therapists.

    So the fact that Watson was sexually involved kind of supports the so called victims, and with this many accusers.

    It’s too early for all the details, but apparently sex was taking place.

  5. Hardin “welcomes” a police investigation? He should be careful what he wishes for. The heat of this situation just went up now that the police are involved.

  6. Wow, 21 accusers and Watson doesnt even know who his accusers are? Its crazy that Watson has already been tried in the court of public opinion and (supposedly) doesn’t even know the identity of most of his accusers.

  7. I’m pretty sure that he knows exactly who is accusing him…every last one of them. It’s not looking good for him right now.

  8. What defense attorney in their right mind “welcomes” a police investigation of any kind? They could help the civil lawsuits, and bring further scrutiny of their client by simply finding questionable conduct may have occurred, and releasing those findings via a public information request by the media even if the district attorney decides not to pursue charges. In the end their clients professional career is in jeopardy

  9. kenmasters34 says:
    April 2, 2021 at 7:34 pm
    Wow, 21 accusers and Watson doesnt even know who his accusers are? Its crazy that Watson has already been tried in the court of public opinion and (supposedly) doesn’t even know the identity of most of his accusers.

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    According to whom? Maybe when they unearth his Instragam account discovery happens and he’s on a stand perjuring himself, he’ll remember.

    There are no male massage therapists, eh? He wasn’t even smart enough to mix a few of those in:

    He’a finished.

  10. Touchback6 brought up an excellent point. All of these massage therapy sessions, and all of those statements released by his attorney supposedly claiming Watson was professional during his treatments, and not 1 single appointment was conducted with a male masseuse. This idea that he’s somehow being framed is ridiculous, because the sheer number of therapists he’s contacted for services is in itself troubling when your employer offers the exact same service free of charge. I’m not saying the fact he paid for a massage means he’s looking for something else, but the fact he’s seen at least 40 therapists that we know of, and in some cases done so in hotel rooms (come on who does that unless there’s sex involved) screams red flags

  11. bradygirl12 says:

    April 2, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    I’m pretty sure that he knows exactly who is accusing him…every last one of them. It’s not looking good for him right now.
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    Although I agree with your sentiment the sad thing is if these allegations are true there are probably more out there so although he would know who hes assaulted he likely doesnt know which ones are coming forward against him.

  12. The numbers just keep growing. Like exactly how many massages did Deshaun have?!!? The dude is like the Wilt Chamberlain of massages.

  13. How is it possible to file a civil lawsuit anonymously? Aren’t the people who filed subject to depositions before the trials even begin?

  14. Every night in America thousands of men and women will try to hit on members of the opposite sex. They might be out on a date, or just trying to pick up someone in a bar. They might be trying to hit on a neighbor, or a co-worker. Sometimes they say yes, and sometimes they say no. That’s perfectly legal. If Watson asked a therapist to do something sexual, that’s perfectly legal. If he used Instagram or some other method to let them know in advance that he was looking for something extra, and he was still invited over, then that proves anything that happened was consensual and expected. It wasn’t until someone contacted those women and explained that they could probably be able to remain anonymous and still get a large financial settlement, that the decided to go along with this ploy. As long as Watson didn’t assault someone against their will, he’s ok. It’s also perfectly legal to have 3,000 massages a day, if you want. This is America. We have laws on the books. That’s what everybody is supposed to live by. It doesn’t sound like any laws were broken. Some people are against drinking. Some are against smoking. Some don’t use caffeine. Some people don’t participate in religious holidays. That doesn’t make it illegal for others who do.

  15. Maybe all parties need to meet in a room and employ some constructive ‘conflict management strategies’.

    Like:
    -Frame the discussion positively.
    -Focus on the issue, not the person.
    -Practice active listening.

  16. Smart move by Hardin. The accused is welcoming a criminal investigation that the alleged victims lawyer was trying to avoid. That makes it look like Watson is the one with nothing to hide.

  17. Watson will be fine. We have due process of law in this country and when that is done, I really doubt any criminal charges will be issued. He may have some sort of a settlement here or there but nothing more. I don’t care how many massages or therapist he had, that is absolutely meaningless. I still believe he went way over the top and he really overplayed his hand on his reasons for wanting out of Houston so yes he is not a smart guy on that front, but stupidity is not a crime. Everybody just chill and let this run it’s course. Remember when many of us, like lots, was sure the NFL would not start a season much less complete last season? Well, we sure missed on that front for sure. Watson will probably be throwing passes again soon.

  18. This constant whining about not knowing the identity of the accuser is tantamount to calling them cowards. These are masseuses going up against all the money and prestige of a starting NFL QB in his prime. It’s really easy to call them cowards but it sounds to me like Watson’s camp are just trying to scare them as if by them knowing the woman’s name, they’ll BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. That seems to be the implied threat to me.

  19. Whoever went to the police may be only the first of many more,as with the civil suits. Watson’s troubles seem to be increasing by the day. Now that law enforcement is involved,things just got a lot worse.

  20. Remember when OJ said he would be out there looking for the killer(s)? Right.

  21. No good defense lawyer let their client talk to the police. Considering how good Hardin is, Watson will not be doing a police interview.

  22. Ugliness on both hands:

    On the one hand, if those women truly were sexually abused under some deception of massage then that is very ugly.

    On the other hand, if Watson is being falsely accused simply for monetary gain then that is also ugly.

    Not sure if there will be any winners when this case is finally resolved. Even the lawyers both appear to be losers at a certain level.

  23. There is no attorney in the world that welcomes an investigation of their client. Watson will have to sit for depositions, never a good idea.

  24. snowlock2013 says:
    April 3, 2021 at 12:06 am
    This constant whining about not knowing the identity of the accuser is tantamount to calling them cowards. These are masseuses going up against all the money and prestige of a starting NFL QB in his prime. It’s really easy to call them cowards but it sounds to me like Watson’s camp are just trying to scare them as if by them knowing the woman’s name, they’ll BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. That seems to be the implied threat to me.

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    It’s a lot of things, but I don’t think it’s a threat. Given there are at least 40 different women (and I’m guessing there are a lot more than that) it really would be hard to have a definitive defensive strategy without knowing who was making the accusation. There is the public relations battle aspect as well. In part for not landing on the Exempt List, not losing sponsorships, and potentially influencing judges and/or arbitrators. Texas is a fairly conservative state and stands to reason it will have conservative judges; anonymous sources are a prominent boogeyman for conservatives. By attacking the anonymous nature of the complaints he is discrediting them without calling them liars. Watson and his lawyer are seen as both believing women and dismissing them at the same time.

    It is perfectly understandable that these women would not want to be publicly known. There will be permeant damage to their careers, there will be public backlash against them (death threats from rabid football fans and misogynists), their current humiliation is going to be made public for the world to see. These things are going to be true no matter the outcome. Weaponizing anonymity against them is morally objectionable, but also good legal strategy which is why everyone loves lawyers.

  25. @CharlieCharger:

    I agree 100%. And in conjunction with what you’ve said, this whole thing seems off. Buzzbee has conducted this whole thing like a public witch hunt. If there are victims, then I hope they get some form of justice, but Buzzbee has made this feel like a combined shaming and money grab. What legitimate lawyer lies publicly while filing a lawsuit?

    Just look at some of the posts here – 40 therapists?!?! Why he MUST be guilty of SOMETHING!!

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but the timing of this and Buzzbee’s connections to Texans ownership (despite the ludicrous denials) makes it feel like an attempt to destroy Watson’s image and teach him a lesson.

    As I’ve said before – the accusers aren’t being served by having a lying clown as their attorney.

  26. It’s crazy in the height of the “me too” movement Watson is basically getting a free pass by the media. Or, they are finally changing their ways and not judging people before letting Due Process play out. I doubt it is the latter. Regardless, the NFL has already set a precedent that a player can be suspended without criminal charges filed. Big Ben served 4 games for damaging the “Shield.” Now it looks a criminal investigation is not happening. Unless all 20+ women recant their stories he should not play a down of football next season. At the least…

  27. All you have to do is look on line and see what’s happening in the media to see why these women, like many, are hesitant to make their names known when the accused is a popular public figure. Their lives get torn apart too and that’s in addition to dealing with the underlying acts. That’s why it’s important to reserve judgment on both sides.

  28. Deshaun needs to seriously consider new representation. It is so clear to everyone but Deshaun seemingly that this guy just keeps seeing dollar signs every day that goes by. You don’t kill the golden goose.

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