Grand jury is poised to hear Deshaun Watson evidence on Friday

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Nearly a year after the first lawsuit against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson began, a grand jury is poised to hear evidence in the criminal investigation sparked by 22 civil complaints that ultimately were filed.

Jenny Vrentas and Juliet Macur of the New York Times report that several women who have made criminal complaints against Watson for misconduct during massage therapy sessions have received subpoenas to testify on Friday, according to their lawyer, Tony Buzbee.

Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told the Times that he is “delighted” that the grand jury will be addressing the matter on Friday, and that he hopes that a decision will be made that day.

“The free agency time is around the corner and we’ve wanted this decision to be made by then and it looks like they’re going to and I’m welcoming it,” Hardin told the Times. “There’s never been any crime here, no matter if you call it indecent assault or anything else. These are civil matters that belong in the civil courts.”

Watson also is scheduled to testify on Friday in the civil cases filed by plaintiffs who did not file criminal complaints against Watson. Hardin told the Times that Watson will invoke the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when testifying at a deposition convened by Buzbee.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Buzbee refused to delay the deposition until Monday, given the possibility that the criminal cases will be concluded on Friday. The source also said that Hardin does not plan to seek intervention from the presiding judge to delay the deposition. Previously, the judge gave Hardin a mixed ruling that the depositions can proceed in the cases that don’t involve a criminal complaint, and that he’ll testify later in the cases that have criminal complaints pending.

Obviously, Hardin doesn’t want Watson to testify at all in the civil cases while the possibility of criminal prosecution is pending, since anything Watson says in the civil cases could then be used by the prosecutor within the confines of criminal charges.

It’s unknown whether the prosecutor will be inclined to push for one or more indictments of Watson. As the saying goes, a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich. This is a product of the one-sided nature of the presentation of evidence. Conversely, a prosecutor can not indict a ham sandwich, if the prosecutor decides during secret proceedings to not press aggressively for charges.

As the quarterback carousel suddenly begins to spin, the possibility of Watson emerging from the current week with no criminal charges could set the stage for a long-awaited trade. The decision of Aaron Rodgers to stay put and the trade of Russell Wilson to the Broncos makes Watson the top available quarterback, for anyone seeking a veteran upgrade.

33 responses to “Grand jury is poised to hear Deshaun Watson evidence on Friday

  1. If, huge if, he clears the grand jury can you imagine what they will get in a trade? If Wilson was worth that stunning haul from the Broncos what does a bigger, younger and faster Watson bring back?

  2. If I’m the Seahawks, I am all over this one. Watson is a clear upgrade on Wilson, and they can probably just trade the two firsts and still keep the rest of the assets they got from Denver.

  3. Yes, the NFL is WWE says:
    March 8, 2022 at 4:38 pm
    If, huge if, he clears the grand jury can you imagine what they will get in a trade? If Wilson was worth that stunning haul from the Broncos what does a bigger, younger and faster Watson bring back?
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    What has Watson ever really done in terms of leading team to victories, playoffs, clutch?
    He is no place near Russell Wilson Ville. Not even close.

  4. The Texans are probably hoping all the charges go away and Watson can get them a Wilson type haul from some QB needy team.

  5. I feel like Mr. Watson is not going to be able to play football anymore.

  6. “Hardin told the Times that Watson will invoke the Fifth Amendment”

    Guilty.

  7. I would rather set a record at 0-17 and explain to my fans why I did NOT pursue him.

  8. rudybaylor says:
    March 8, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    “Hardin told the Times that Watson will invoke the Fifth Amendment”

    Guilty.

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    Not invoking the Fifth Amendment in a civil case where there is a pending criminal case would be stupid.

  9. Well all due respect to Attorney Rusty Hardin. Putting a client at risk to have a rogue accuser make something up is just reckless representation!

  10. rachelfootball says:
    March 8, 2022 at 4:41 pm
    What if they recommend charges?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Then the ham sandwich gets eaten.

  11. Does Rusty know that Grand Juries are not usually welcome news for the accused, because usually a grand jury isn’t convened unless there’s a very strong chance they’ll return an indictment. Rusty, Rusty, Rusty this isn’t a jury looking into whether or not your client may, or may not have, used a PED. These are serious allegations involving multiple women who appear to not be interested in simply getting paid. These women will be sitting in front of a grand jury recounting alleged unwanted sexual advances by your client. If I’m Watson I’d be worried…. We’ll see

  12. Yes, the NFL is WWE says:
    March 8, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    If, huge if, he clears the grand jury can you imagine what they will get in a trade? If Wilson was worth that stunning haul from the Broncos what does a bigger, younger and faster Watson bring back?

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    You mean the guy with only one playoff win in his career, only two winning seasons, who’s been out of the game for a year? Less, I would hope, but as we’ve often seen, billionaires aren’t too smart.

  13. Yes, the NFL is WWE says:
    March 8, 2022 at 4:38 pm
    If, huge if, he clears the grand jury can you imagine what they will get in a trade? If Wilson was worth that stunning haul from the Broncos what does a bigger, younger and faster Watson bring back?

    A guy who is basically 500 in his career and padded his stats in garbage time. The team won the same amount of games 4 with out him.

  14. Kladium says:

    March 8, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    Yes, the NFL is WWE says:
    March 8, 2022 at 4:38 pm
    If, huge if, he clears the grand jury can you imagine what they will get in a trade? If Wilson was worth that stunning haul from the Broncos what does a bigger, younger and faster Watson bring back?
    ————-
    What has Watson ever really done in terms of leading team to victories, playoffs, clutch?
    He is no place near Russell Wilson Ville. Not even close.
    ——————–
    You realize that’s the same poor uninformed commentary your trying to use as reasoning that was used last yr on Stafford? Goff won a lot of games but hes 💩. It shouldnt have taken before last yr for you to realize that.
    Back to this, Watson actually had played well most years by whatever regular season metric you want to use, team victories or personal stats(again MOST, not all years) and as great as Wilson is, hes also not as great as he once was and your trying to compare Watson now to Wilson then. Talent standpoint Watson would take the lead at this point BUT off field issues drag his value down, not what hes done or capable of doing.

  15. Watson will be vindicated. Don’t know how you guys can’t see this as a pure money grab.

  16. I ordered a ham sandwich the other day that deserved an indictment. Absolutely horrible.

  17. Hopefully this can be wrapped up soon. Certainly Watson is hoping for a happy finish.

  18. nosurrender says:
    March 8, 2022 at 5:15 pm
    Does Rusty know that Grand Juries are not usually welcome news for the accused, because usually a grand jury isn’t convened unless there’s a very strong chance they’ll return an indictment. Rusty, Rusty, Rusty this isn’t a jury looking into whether or not your client may, or may not have, used a PED. These are serious allegations involving multiple women who appear to not be interested in simply getting paid. These women will be sitting in front of a grand jury recounting alleged unwanted sexual advances by your client. If I’m Watson I’d be worried…. We’ll see

    ———————–

    He’s a corrupt, used car salesman attorney. He fools some, but not all. For him to act like these charges are not serious is beyond disturbing.

  19. I hope there are multiple cases brought against this clown. A real man does not conduct himself like the low rent DeeShawn did. He showed zero respect for women or himself. He has the money and had the appearance of character that would have made him a prime candidate for someone to date. Instead he showed he is an imposter – a low rent, undisciplined punk. He is an embarrassment to any male over the age of 16.

  20. Bottom line Watson screwed the pooch when he demanded a trade after signing a 300 million dollar contract.

  21. Kevpft you’re right billionaires aren’t very bright just look at Joe Biden.

  22. riverhorsey says:
    March 8, 2022 at 8:17 pm
    Bottom line Watson screwed the pooch when he demanded a trade after signing a 300 million dollar contract.
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    Not so sure now with Rodgers getting 50 per year. Although he isn’t in Rodgers pay grade, when things shake out Watson’s long term contract will probably look fairly reasonable.

  23. He is done. Out a year already. Not a peep from him about working out etc. Trade him?!?! Lol. I’m sure somebody will try to explain this guy’s actions to their fan base. We know Watson won’t

  24. What has Watson ever really done in terms of leading team to victories, playoffs, clutch?
    He is no place near Russell Wilson Ville. Not even close.
    ———-
    Oh just that insanely clutch last minute playoff clincher breaking three tackles to beat Buffalo…

  25. I don’t see Watson getting out of this as easily as his lawyer seems to think he will. If there are criminal charges,he can forget football.

  26. Best case for Watson is that he isn’t indicted, but documents a history of really bizarre behavior, with situations with women all over the country when the team is on the road, feeding some (at least) unsavory compulsion on his part. You can’t conclude that this many women are simply out for money; you can conclude that Watson has extremely poor judgment to say the least and I no longer care that he’s a great football talent. I can’t imagine any team signing him.

  27. Kladium says:
    March 8, 2022 at 4:48 pm
    Yes, the NFL is WWE says:
    March 8, 2022 at 4:38 pm
    If, huge if, he clears the grand jury can you imagine what they will get in a trade? If Wilson was worth that stunning haul from the Broncos what does a bigger, younger and faster Watson bring back?
    ————-
    What has Watson ever really done in terms of leading team to victories, playoffs, clutch?
    He is no place near Russell Wilson Ville. Not even close.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    you’re kidding right!? you need to go do some research. Compare their first 4 years in the league (which Watson only played 7 games in his 1st season), their stats are dang near identical…Comp %, TD’s, INT, YDS, QBR, Rush Yds, both got AP Off ROY and went to Pro-bowl each 4x/4yrs. Wilson has been in the league 5 years longer and yes he’s gone to more playoffs, but you gotta compare teams too. Watson has matched Wilson’s stats with much less around him. Can you name any WR or DEF player on the Texans besides Nuk and Watt? JJ wasn’t the same JJ 7 years later when DW came around.

  28. mike,
    since you’re a former prosecutor and criminal lawyer:
    what is the punishment for intrusion / invasion of privacy of phone, internet, etc.?

  29. Nice to see that the old adage “Guilty until proven innocent” is still going strong!

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