Deshaun Watson’s first official response calls the lawsuits against him a “money grab”

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The battle has been joined.

After weeks of press conferences and lawyer statements and a skirmish over whether the plaintiffs would proceed in their own names (they now are) in cases alleging misconduct during massage sessions, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has filed a formal answer to the first lawsuit that was filed against him last month. The document filed by Watson’s lawyer in the case filed by Ashley Solis calls the entire effort a “money grab.”

The document, titled “Deshaun Watson’s Original Answer,” seems to have been written much more for the media than for the court. On the first page, it summarizes alleged facts that Watson’s lawyers have learned since obtaining the names of the plaintiffs. Watson, through his lawyers, contends that: (1) eight of the plaintiffs “bragged about, praised and were excited about massaging” Watson; (2) seven of the plaintiffs “willingly worked or offered to work” with Watson “after their alleged incidents”; (3) three plaintiffs “lied about the number of sessions they actually had” with Watson; (4) five plaintiffs “lied about their alleged trauma and resulting harm”; (4) five plaintiffs “told others they want to get money out of” Watson; and (5) five plaintiffs have “scrubbed or entirely deleted their social media accounts.”

At the top of page 2 of the document comes this contention: “It was not until the plaintiffs saw an opportunity for a money grab that they changed their stories to convert therapy sessions they bragged about to friends and family to something much more nefarious.” In the next paragraph, the document alleges that the characterizations of Watson’s conduct “range from being misleading, to fraudulent, to slanderous.”

The document paints all plaintiffs with that brush, claiming that all of them are engaged in an effort to secure money from Watson. The document also lists form pages 3 through 5 specific issues with the allegations of numerous plaintiffs, even though the document was filed in a case relevant only to the allegations made by Ashley Solis.

As to her allegations, the document relies solely on a “General Denial,” without responding the the various allegations on a paragraph-by-paragraph basis. Presumably, Watson will file a similar document in response to each of the other 21 cases.

The goal by taking such an aggressive position could be to motivate the plaintiffs to settle, before the discovery process results in the exploration of documents and the interrogation of each plaintiff, under oath. Unless the cases are resolved, that’s precisely what will happen. All of the plaintiffs, as well as Watson, will have aggressive questioning and other scrutiny as both sides attempt to prepare for an eventual trial in each of these 22 cases.

16 responses to “Deshaun Watson’s first official response calls the lawsuits against him a “money grab”

  1. Not sure of the point of he-said, she-said cases. Lawyers appear to be the only ones who profit.

  2. Being able to recall eight of the plaintiffs did this, three did that, seven did this, five did that, well that’s just either remarkable recall or was documented. Doubtful, at best. Interrogating all 22 witnesses would likely take weeks, months, when they go to trial? Impossible for the NFL not to have him placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list, or whatever it is. With the timelines involved it seems likely he won’t even be playing this season unless every case is resolved before the season starts and he gets some sort of training camp. Tough situation for the Texans.

  3. While the presentation of this information by the Watson camp can create doubt in the plaintiffs stories, it isn’t relevant to the specific case that he is responding to. Additionally, if this gets to the point where each of the plaintiffs (or even one of the them) are questions, it means that Deshawn also will be questioned under oath. I seriously doubt that is what he wants. There is no way that ends well for him, the Texans or the NFL’s image.

  4. It might be, as there hasn’t been any trial and we should allow that to unfold. But man, there sure is a lot of smoke over there.

  5. The second Deshaun’s lawyer admitted the his client did have consensual sex with some of the clients, it told me that he is probably guilty of the accusations and needs to settle.

  6. I’m sure it is a money grab.

    But if the allegations are true.

    It then becomes a legitimate money grab.

  7. the scrubbing of social media accounts revealed their true intentions which is what I have said from Day 1. It is a blatant money grab

  8. It’s the classic case of he said, she she she she she she she she she she she said.

  9. Wow…I guess that is one way to approach this situation. personally, I think apologizing may be a better approach, but to each his own.

  10. The sheer number of women and massages sounds sketchy to most people. Does Watson think that a jury will not find those numbers to be unusually high? That’s just the tip of the iceberg. I don’t see this ending the way he wants it to. He should just settle. He already admitted to what took place being consensual, so the jury will know that he was after more than a massage.

  11. Grab or not why even put yourself in a position to be considered for a money grab by anybody?

  12. Yep, these lawsuits are a money grab…and Watson hired all these women with something other than just a massage in mind. I couldn’t tell you if that is legal or not, but I can say it wasn’t smart or professional on his part.

  13. Currently, there are no facts in evidence; only the stories from the two sides. It could be that this is a shakedown money grab. It could that this is in response to sexual assault. There are various facts about the lawsuits that could suggest either. As the recent Aaron Donald case has shown, one should not rush to believe the first thing said, and should instead wait for the legal process to run its course before passing judgement.

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