Tony Buzbee hints at potential liability for the Texans in Deshaun Watson cases

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During Tuesday’s press conference regarding the 22 civil lawsuits filed against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, attorney Tony Buzbee hinted that the Texans may have partial responsibility for Watson’s alleged habit of preying on massage therapists.

Buzbee said that Watson received referrals for massage therapists from the Texans and borrowed a massage table from the Texans.

Although Buzbee was careful to say that he was making no allegations against the Texans, but at one point Buzbee said this, regarding the massage resources available to Watson through the team and regarding his tendency to get massages elsewhere: “You have some obligation to ask some questions.”

Buzbee could be exploring the possibility of adding the Texans as a defendant in one or more of these cases, eventually arguing that the Texans knew or should have known that Watson was engaged in inappropriate conduct during these massages, and that the Texans referred Watson to massage therapists without disclosing these concerns to them.

Buzbee was careful to say that he’s currently making no comment about what the Texans knew or when they knew it. However, his comments clearly imply that he’ll at least be looking into the question of whether the Texans knew or should have known that Watson potentially was crossing the line during massages, and whether the Texans should have warned these massage therapists about Watson’s behavior and/or intervened to end the conduct.

37 responses to “Tony Buzbee hints at potential liability for the Texans in Deshaun Watson cases

  1. Buzbee’s thinking went like this: “Watson may have money,but wait, the Texans have more”.

  2. Seems like a stretch to go after the Texans. Borrowing a massage table from the team represents what level of liability?? Or even referring a therapist. Did the team know of his alleged assault? Seems you would have to prove the latter to have any sort of case.

  3. Bingo. There it is. Going for the deep pocket. He doesn’t have to prove ANYTHING. They’ll settle.

  4. Focus on Watson. He is the guy getting the illicit massages, not the Texans. He is just looking for really deep pockets so he can settle. But, if the criminal case launched goes on and finds guilt on Watson’s part, he is finished with football. He did himself in by letting his addiction for masseuses get the better of him.

  5. Texans can write a big check and move on.

    Watson fighting for his NFL career.

  6. byaaah says:

    April 6, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    What round are the Texans taking a QB lol

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    3rd round Kellen Mond

  7. Jack Easterby is in charge over there so you know it will go really well for the Texans.

  8. If it’s okay to go after Washington for things their employees did then it’s okay to go after the Texans, too. Can’t pick and choose.

  9. Deshaun has not griped about being traded or not wanting play for the Texans lately, just saying.

  10. When you make a living suing people the game plan is more or less;

    Shoot a thousand arrows into the air and hope a few stick.

  11. It’s a smoke screen! Buzbee is trying to show he’s not close to the McNairs. He’s not going after Texans.

  12. So what will everyone say when all of this comes out to be false? They have yet to provide EVIDENCE that anything happened. This is all a money grab. I feel bad for Watson. He and his lawyer need to come out and put this thing to sleep, now. It’s going to be really crazy when it’s reveled that the Texans slimy owner is behind this whole thing. Too convenient of a timeline for them not to be involved.

  13. It may be a veiled threat to the Texans, or it may be an invitation for the team to cooperate as fully and willingly as possible in order to help isolate the case on Watson.

  14. He wasn’t hinting at anything, other than he’s gonna sue everyone he can to force a settlement.

  15. There’s about a 5% chance of liability exposure to the Texans, and Watson should have plenty of dough — unless of course the Texans release him and cut off the monetary spigot based on some sort of morals clause breach.

  16. “It’s going to be really crazy when it’s reveled that the Texans slimy owner is behind this whole thing. Too convenient of a timeline for them not to be involved.”

    Please explain how the allegations against Watson are in the Texans best interests. In fact, it is exactly the opposite. Watson now has no trade value, and if he is suspended the Texans are without their franchise quarterback.

    Thinking that the Texans are behind this is the height of tinfoilery.

  17. Now we are at, “Look, come back and play for the Texans and THEY will pay off these gals, Deshaun. You just make an apology and it’s all over.”

  18. Watson should have never bad mouthed the Texans after they agreed to pay him a huuuuuuge amount of $$$$$ to just play football.

  19. supercharger says:
    April 6, 2021 at 3:37 pm
    If it’s okay to go after Washington for things their employees did then it’s okay to go after the Texans, too. Can’t pick and choose.
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    I think there is a huge difference between the employees of the WFT being accused of doing the harassment and others knowing about it and covering it up and the Texans employees providing a table and a referral. Unless there is proof that some of these ladies contacted the Texans about this then there is no way I can see that you can say they knew or should have known.

  20. “They have yet to provide EVIDENCE that anything happened. ”

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    What evidence do you think it is possible to provide? In a private one on one setting? The evidence is going to be the women’s testimony, and/or texts, emails, private messaging, etc. You don’t give evidence at this stage. You make your claims and dare the defendant to fight the claims and have all the evidence come out. He can either settle or he can fight it, and THEN the evidence will come out. I mean you don’t think this many women are making this up do you really?

  21. IF I was a slime-ball ambulance chasing attorney I would privately leak some of this “Evidence” to either Watson or the Texans who would then look for an undisclosed settlement. Case over. 19 rich young ladies (minus the slime balls 60% cut) Watson gets his trade and the Texans get 3 first and 2 2nd rounders) Life is good and all ends well.

  22. Of course, he won’t take responsibility like a mature adult. He’ll try to pin it on anything that isn’t him. Another mentally weak millennial.

  23. Whether he’s guilty or not, I’m not sure you can nail an employer for this, watson is the knucklehead here. Whatever happened to individual accountability?

  24. Buzbee adds Texans to the suit. Texans pay off Buzbee. Cases dropped. Watson happy Texans settle suit; drops trade request. Buzbee kicks back most of the settlement $ to the Texans after taking his and “clients” cut. Texans’/Easterby’s plan to keep Watson in Houston, and in line, works perfectly.

  25. This guy is just throwing stuff at the wall now and hoping something sticks.

  26. Based on the last paragraph in each case I suspect he is going to sue not just Watson but also the Texans and the NFL.

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