18 of 22 plaintiffs were ready to settle with Deshaun Watson; four holdouts blocked trade to Dolphins

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As the Dolphins stand within one game of making the long climb act to .500 after a 1-7 start, they came very close to having a different quarterback during the ongoing five-game winning streak.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, 18 of the 22 plaintiffs suing Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson for sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions were ready to settle with him in late October. Four holdouts prevented a deal from being done.

In turn, that prevented the Dolphins from trading for Watson.

Miami owner Stephen Ross wanted Watson, but only if Watson settled all of the pending civil actions. Without 22 of 22 resolving their claims, the Dolphins wouldn’t do the deal.

The Panthers would have traded for Watson without a civil settlement. However, Watson decided not to waive his no-trade clause for a ticket to Carolina.

The litigation against Watson has otherwise progressed, quietly. Depositions of the plaintiffs have begun. The goal is to question all plaintiffs under oath before Watson is questioned, at some point after the Super Bowl.

At some point after the Super Bowl, we’ll likely know where Watson’s career will continue, if it indeed does in 2022.

Wherever he is, the financial stakes become much higher next year, when Watson’s salary spikes from $10.54 million guaranteed to $35 million guaranteed.

14 responses to “18 of 22 plaintiffs were ready to settle with Deshaun Watson; four holdouts blocked trade to Dolphins

  1. Admitting guilt with up to 22 victims means he should banned from the league, not allowed to continue playing.

    What is the matter with Goodell protecting criminals like this?

  2. Interesting. Tua came so close to being an afterthought. And Deshaun refusing a trade to the Panthers seems kind of dumb.

  3. The Texans should just keep him. They’ll never get back in trade what he’s worth and the league seems intent on looking the other way on his troubles as much as they are able.

  4. touchback6 says:
    December 17, 2021 at 12:21 pm
    Admitting guilt with up to 22 victims means he should banned from the league, not allowed to continue playing.

    What is the matter with Goodell protecting criminals like this?

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    What’s wonderful about the United States is you’re innocent until proven guilty.

  5. I would like to thank those 4 defendants wholeheartedly. I just don’t want the guy on the Phins and I like what Tua has done and will do in the future.

  6. “What’s wonderful about the United States is you’re innocent until proven guilty.”

    But, as the poster said-

    “Admitting guilt with up to 22 victims means he should banned from the league, not allowed to continue playing.”

    Note those two first words, they mean something.

  7. As a reminder, a settlement is not an admission of guilty.
    Parties who have no liability settle all the time.
    Cost of defense, juror sympathy and other factors play a huge role.

  8. “ Note those two first words, they mean something.”

    Note: this is CIVIL court, not criminal court. He’s not admitting to anything.

  9. This case should have been settled a long time ago. Deshaun Watson has received bad advise from his legal council Rusty Hardin. The longer this case continues the more Watson stands to lose. He is criminally at some risk and his career has been halted. Paying off the plaintiffs is a small price to pay for getting on with a lucrative professional NFL quarterback career. Rusty makes more money the way this case is proceeding.

  10. Anybody saying that Deshaun Watson is a criminal, I pray that you are accused of something that could get you thrown in prison with you knowing that you’re not guilty of what you’re being accused of. I bet you would no longer call someone a criminal that hasn’t had a chance to prove their innocents!!!

  11. He’s like a wet booger we just can’t flick off. If Steven Ross has any sense he’ll stick with Tua. I don’t see Watson playing any better with the Dolphins o-line and lack of running game. In fact I think he’d be worse. It’s not easy making decisions in under three seconds while completing 75-80% of your passes. Plus he’d blow up the salary cap and probably destroy the teams morale and cohesiveness. For a guy that’s probably facing a suspension of some length?

    HARD PASS! If there is any chance Stephen Ross reads this; I’m dropping your team if you make this move. I’ve followed and attended games going back to 1971 but enough’s enough!

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