Tony Buzbee, lawyer for the 22 Deshaun Watson plaintiffs: “Time is on my side”

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The Dolphins wanted quarterback Deshaun Watson, but they wanted him only if he would settle the 22 civil lawsuits alleging that he committed sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions. An effort to settle the cases was made, but it ultimately didn’t succeed.

It’s unclear whether the settlements failed because the trade didn’t happen, or whether the inability to finalize a trade kept the settlements from being finalized.

Regardless, the cases remain in place. On Tuesday, attorney Tony Buzbee (who represents the 22 plaintiffs) addressed the situation in comments to Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston.

“Obviously, there was a lot of effort on their part to get the case settled so there could be a trade apparently,” Buzbee said. “I’m assuming at some point that will come about again. Time is on my side. I’m just gonna continue to pursue the case, continue to do my due diligence on the case and start preparing the case for hopefully a trial. The next significant event, I believe, will be February when we have the opportunity to take Mr. Watson’s deposition.”

Buzbee also seemed to dispute the longstanding notion that he wanted a confidentiality agreement, and that Watson wanted transparency.

“I don’t know if it came from Watson or if it came from the Dolphins,” Buzbee said. “I don’t know where it came from, but there was an insistence of a very, very robust non-disclosure agreement and we pushed back on that very hard. For some of the women that was the dealbreaker.

Again, when the talks broke down earlier this year, it was explained that Buzbee wanted secrecy and Watson did not. So either that wasn’t the case or Buzbee is acting he didn’t want it, because Watson now does.

Here’s Buzbee’s comments, for example, to SI.com from May: “Any resolution we would want confidential, and it would also require Mr. Watson getting some counseling.”

The bottom line is that the Dolphins wanted the civil cases settled before they would trade for Watson. The Panthers weren’t insisting on settlement of the civil cases, but that wasn’t enough to get Watson to want to play for that team. He wanted to play for the Dolphins.

He still may. His no-trade clause allows him to decline a trade to any team but the Dolphins. And his $35 million salary for 2022 is fully guaranteed.

Thus, while time is on Buzbee’s side as to the lawsuits, time is on Watson’s side as to the Texans. Depending on how the next four months unfold, the Texans may regret not trading him while they could. Depending on how the next four months unfold, the Dolphins may regret not trading for him while they could.

32 responses to “Tony Buzbee, lawyer for the 22 Deshaun Watson plaintiffs: “Time is on my side”

  1. 35 million for next year is guaranteed. Sooo, you wannna pay above sticker on draft picks, AND pay that salary when you have some off field concerns perhaps?? That sure is a big bill for anything but a slam dunk successful proposition.

  2. Buzbee is apparently enjoying ruining Watson’s career.

    If he really represents his “clients”, then he would be pushing hard to get it into court. But he isn’t. He’s trying to extort Watson by basically saying….”Settle on my terms or lose millions of dollars since nobody will want you until this is over”.

  3. This guy gives lawyers an even worse name than before. That’s really, really hard to do.

  4. Rusty Hardin lied for Clemens and now he will try to spin the idea 22+ women got on a conference call to collude to frame Watson. Good luck with that, sleazeball Hardin.

    Clemens case was obviously weak as is Watson’s.

    Must be a Texas thing.

    Anyone buying Watson’s claim these women all woke up one day with this idea they could somehow do tbis and fleece Watson is a pathetic defense.

  5. I’m sorry but if Mr. Watson doesn’t want to waive his no trade clause for other teams, then you need to get your but out there to play. Houston needs to force him out there to play. Watson at this point doesn’t call the shots. His predicament does not give him the luxury nor the right to do so. Honestly, this crap is getting kind of old. Crap or get off the pot. If you are just gonna pay him to sit out, then you deserve everything that comes to you Houston. Those fans deserve better. Goodell needs to do something as well. And let’s not forget that Watson brought a “massage therapist” across state lines that ended up with him paying for acts. That alone is enough to put his butt on the exempt list or suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. Man Houston, you have a problem.

  6. He’s 100% correct….after DeShaun burns through this year, getting paid even – which opposing counsel loves, he still has a year suspension for being a serial sexual harasser coming down the pike…and that assumes no charges or jai time.

  7. Interesting choice of words by Buzbee. he doesn’t even try to pretend that he is concerned for his clients. And it gives Buzbee time to rack up more billable hours. If there is a settlement or a judgment, chances are his clients will receive a very small percentage when all is said and done. Would not be surprised if Buzbee provided his clients an advance against any award (and would not be surprised if he is charging vig that would make Tony Soprano proud)

  8. The Texans are not allowing Watson to play, because the 31 other owners don’t want him playing..idontknowanythingaboutthat says: It is Watson that doesn’t want to play. Stick with your log in, because you truly don’t know anything about this.

  9. So it’s not about justice,guilt or innocence simply once we get the cash we would like the ability to continue to make more by revealing details. Destroying Watson even further.

  10. And no matter what happens the Dolphins and Texans will be terrible for the rest of the decade!

  11. This lawyer is a complete scumbag. He may think he is big shot vs Watson, but if Ross wants to make something happen this Buzbee clown will be nothing but an ambulance chaser when Ross gets done with him if needed.

  12. I’m starting to believe that he has no case and his whole purpose is a make Watson look bad and to get a settlement. Still no criminal charges, how long does it take the houston police to investigate?

  13. Stated simply, this is no longer about sexual misconduct or harassment or whatever they’re calling it here, because Buzbee clearly does not want these cases brought to trial.

    This has devolved into a purely economic power play, where time may or may not be a factor. Buzbee was hoping the trade deadline would force a settlement on his terms (as in, more money). The Texans were hoping the deadline would force a trade on theirs. I’m not sure if anyone knows what’s motivating Watson right now.

    It looks like Watson will make his guaranteed money whether there’s a trade or not. If there’s a trade, Buzbee loses a lot of leverage. If there isn’t a trade, he loses time (regardless of what he says).

    Lawyers love to screw up lives. Buzbee’s screwing up a lot of lives right now. And yeah, there’s always the “what about the poor plaintiffs” card. Problems are: (1) Buzbee clearly doesn’t want these claims to see the inside of a courtroom; and (2) when the circumstances of his clients’ claims finally see the light of day, my belief is that a significant majority of them will be found to be meritless (as in, not actionable).

  14. Quarterbacks don’t get more valuable the longer they spend away from the game.

    He went 4-12 with a team he knew inside and out. One playoff win in 4 years. Teams don’t need a megabucks QB to accomplish that.

  15. Hard to believe even in the era of Covid this case has not come to trial. Time is not on this lawyer’s side. He keeps making these statements trying to show his power and conviction he is going to win this case (him, not his clients by the way!) while the Houston justice system seems to be in no hurry. The longer this takes the more likely his clients will bail. The NFL has other more pressing matters and isn’t interested. Once the mainstream press moves on this case will die. Watson will settle for peanuts on the dollar and this lawyer will go back to chasing ambulances.

  16. idontknowanythingaboutthat says:
    November 2, 2021 at 7:33 pm
    I’m sorry but if Mr. Watson doesn’t want to waive his no trade clause for other teams, then you need to get your but out there to play. Houston needs to force him out there to play. Watson at this point doesn’t call the shots. His predicament does not give him the luxury nor the right to do so. Honestly, this crap is getting kind of old. Crap or get off the pot. If you are just gonna pay him to sit out, then you deserve everything that comes to you Houston. Those fans deserve better. Goodell needs to do something as well. And let’s not forget that Watson brought a “massage therapist” across state lines that ended up with him paying for acts. That alone is enough to put his butt on the exempt list or suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. Man Houston, you have a problem.
    ————————————————————————————————-
    You do know that it’s the Texan’s making Watson a healthy scratch each week. Conduct detrimental to the team? What has been proven. Law enforcement doesn’t even have enough to arrest him. I’m not saying he’s innocent or guilty. I’m just disagreeing with every point you attempted to make. What does across state lines have to do with anything? We’re they minors or something? The Texans don’t have a problem. They easily could’ve traded him away for nothing instead of prolonging the embarrassment. Guess which one they chose?

  17. If this is as bad as it’s been spun in the media why hasn’t he been punished? Neither the league or the legal process has done anything to punish him. Isn’t that just weird?

  18. This guy has no case and he knows it. He is just trying to win in the court of public opinion. I’m sure no charges will be presented in criminal court. Pathetic.

  19. I would force Watson to suit up. If your paying him your playing him. This letting him call the shots is bogus

  20. I don’t see how this is bad for the Texans.

    The Texans hold all the cards here, not Watson. Watson is under contract, if he refuses to play in Houston, Houston can try to force him and he’ll either play or he’ll hold out. If he plays, the Texans have a franchise QB, if he doesn’t the Texans can then fine him and not pay him.

    Sure, they’ll carry his cap figure, but the Texans are rebuilding and are far from a championship.

    If the Texans don’t like what Miami is offering and he refuses to go anywhere else? He can sit and derail his career.

    Watson has no power in this situation.

  21. eddie1mac says:
    November 2, 2021 at 8:26 pm
    I’m starting to believe that he has no case and his whole purpose is a make Watson look bad and to get a settlement. Still no criminal charges, how long does it take the houston police to investigate?
    ————————————————————————————————Exactly . Thinking two things are going on . The women are stalling the investigation based on advice from their so called attorney hoping to put pressure on Watson to pay up to keep him out of court . The other possibility is there’s simply not enough evidence to charge Watson which is why he’s playing the waiting game , the longer this goes on with no charges the price of a settlement continues to go down .

  22. The optics of this are very weird. The attorney for the women makes it sound like they would take settlements if their personal information wasn’t disclosed. Seems like Watson’s camp wants it exposed. Is this really about justice or just hush money? Cause at this point I’m really not sure. Protect the women of course, some or most of them could have viable reasons for not disclosing. But if you really wanted justice against someone and for someone to pay the price wouldn’t you want them behind bars? It seems like money is first and justice is a far second with these lawsuits.

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