Another grand jury is considering a criminal complaint against Deshaun Watson

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Yes, Deshaun Watson could still face criminal charges.

Thirteen days after a Houston grand jury declined to indict the Browns quarterback on nine criminal complaints, another Texas grand jury is considering another criminal complaint against Watson.

As reported by Jenny Vrentas of the New York Times, lawyer Tony Buzbee says that a grand jury in Brazoria County is considering a criminal complaint from a woman who claims that Watson ejaculated on her during a massage in November 2020. Per Buzbee, a decision is expected today or tomorrow.

The complaint originally was one of 10 filed with the Houston Police Department. However, it was determined that the alleged misconduct occurred beyond the jurisdiction of the Harris County district attorney.

The complainant in the pending criminal case is one of the 22 women who have filed civil lawsuits against Watson.

On March 11, the same day the Harris County grand jury considered nine criminal complaints, Watson invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the first deposition session related to the 22 civil cases. The following week, Watson answered questions during a subsequent deposition session, waiving his Fifth Amendment protection.

The decision of the Harris County grand jury also sparked a land rush for Watson’s contract. Four teams made their pitches to the player after submitting trade proposals deemed appropriate by the Texans. Watson picked the Browns over the Panthers, Saints, and Falcons. It’s unclear whether the Browns or any of the other teams knew that another grand jury would be taking up the claims against Watson.

As explained within the context of the prior grand jury, the outcome often hinges on the degree to which the prosecutor does, or doesn’t, want to secure an indictment. It’s a one-sided presentation, with the defendant not represented. If the prosecutor wants an indictment, the prosecutor can usually get one.

94 responses to “Another grand jury is considering a criminal complaint against Deshaun Watson

  1. Cleveland is a cool city and its people deserve better than this latest iteration of the Browns Clown Show.

  2. He really travelled around for the massages, was this in Galveston? Houston didn’t have enough for him I guess

  3. What about flying the ladies across states? Even IF he is innocent, what then? I would say poor Browns fans. However they are probably definitely used to this.

  4. Oops….Browns did say they did their due diligence. If convicted the Browns are ruined.

  5. This serial abuser needs to go away. 1 she said he said. Maybe, but not 22. And I’m sure there are more. Did the dog eat the Browns “homework”? Clearly they did none.

  6. District Attorney’s are often hesitant to indict well-heeled defendants. Such defendants can hire the best attorneys, investigators, and trial experts. Such cases are not home runs and a high profile loss at trial deters them from bringing charges.

  7. If I were Watson, I’d use some of that huge Browns contract and simply pay off these women to make this all go away. Then, get some therapy and stop being stupid. He can still have a nice career but he’s got to get his crap together. I don’t blame the Browns for trading for him because a lot of other teams would have done the same thing and they haven’t had a true franchise QB in 30+ years. Also, no way do they have a shot in the AFC without one. If I’m the GM, I’m making that deal all day long because I know if I don’t, my career as a GM may be over. I’ll risk the backlash and the repurcussions. It’s a ruthless business and if you’re not ruthless yourself, you might as well be an athletic director in a small public school that doesn’t care much about winning.

  8. I hear of a lot of people like myself that aren’t Brown’s fan but still root for them to win because of their struggles to win through the years and compassion for their fan base BUT no longer as long as they ‘glorify’ and celebrate this type character!

  9. You reap what you sow. Maybe Browns brass knows this could be messy but (foolishly) took the risk anyway, and Watson will be indicted, suspended, what have you; or maybe they truly feel he has learned from this, deserves a chance to succeed, will live an exemplary life and serve them well for 10 years. No one knows at this point, but Cleveland ownership/management, either way you will get what you deserve. Cleveland fans, I genuinely feel bad for you in the meantime.

  10. Wasn’t it just a few short years ago we talked about the Browns like they had finally – FINALLY – gotten onto the right track? Building a team, making good moves, becoming a real contender, etc.? The “Factory of Sadness” looked to be something in the rear view mirror for long suffering Browns fans.

    Yeah. Good times… gooooood times.

  11. Glad the Browns did a full investigation into his legal matters. Otherwise they may look outright foolish for giving up most of their draft capital for 3 years and 246 million for a player who may yet get jail time. Good thing they looked into all that.

  12. There would be nothing better than for this to all blow up and fall apart for the Browns and Watson. What a great lesson that would be from both a personal and league standpoint.

    I only hope the Texans arranged trade terms that insulate them completely from any blowback. Say what you will about how that team is run, but they gave this creep an enormous contract only for him to quit on the team for reasons that had nothing to do with him. They deserve to be rid of him, cleanly.

  13. Good. I live in Texas and that dude has some issues. I like the Brownies, but I will have a difficult time cheering for them with that guy at QB.

  14. So, while he is a Texan the Houston Grand Jury decided there was no crime. Now that he is a Brown they are going to take another look. Nice trade, Cleveland.

  15. Jimmy Haslam is now going over that contract with a microscope to make sure they protected themselves.

  16. Texas being fairly persuaded when it comes to football at any level with any part of Government, wonder since Watson is no longer with the Texans if the DA and jurors will see the evidence a bit different this time around.

  17. When these things pop up so suddenly after a trade or some similar event I smell outside agenda and find it offensive. Im in the camp that thinks he is guilty and was troubled when the first GJ elected not to indict. But its their decision not mine so I accepted. Now going forward there is this huge trade, and conveniently now Texas wants back at him again. Part of me Ill admit likes it because I do think he crossed a line. But I don’t like it enough to not care about the appearance that someone is playing with the normal process (I believe that inconsistency undermines fairness) because they have a personal interest based on sports related motives or baggage. I dont know for sure but this smells like that.

  18. You’d think all this “vigorous and exhaustive due diligence” that the teams supposedly did would have revealed that criminal charges were still potentially on the table. Just taking Watson’s lawyer’s word for it is not exactly a comprehensive approach.

  19. I wouldn’t wish this hot mess on any organization, even the Browns. It’s a shame.

  20. Having spent 25 years teaching Sex Harassment and Gen Harassment Training (based of fed guidelines) as part of my employee orientation program, the only thing I can even think of is rape must be one of the allegations.
    Sex Harassment is ususally a civil crime and not criminal. A sexual attack is not sexual harassment so in all of this we the people are not getting the whole story.
    I do not see why a grand jury would convene over sex harassment complaints???

  21. I used to be a big fan and early on, I was willing to give the benefit of the doubt but this is beyond ridiculous. He’s gotta go.

  22. Imagine if a team gave up a plethora of high draft picks and a GUARANTEED $240M to a guy who never ends up playing for them because he’s sitting in a prison cell AND the backlash from citizens makes it impossible to suit him up even when he gets out.

    Only the Browns.

  23. Let’s hope they get an indictment and we get this scumbag out of the league. It’s a privilege to play this game and it shouldn’t matter how good you are, if you don’t conduct yourself properly you should lose that privilege.

  24. Does the state of Texas love football that much as to go as far as to not indict because he was a Houston Texan at the time? An indictment would have made Watson’s value ZERO and set that franchise 4 years back. The victims deserve justice and football is irrelevant. Stay classy Texas.

  25. Somebody needs to say the Browns are in need of an “adult” in the front office who can make better decisions.

  26. 32 women have come forward in one way or another, all with similar allegations against Watson. This isn’t over.

    Oh what a tangled web web we weave…

  27. Why is this case in front of a grand jury in the first place? The DA should be able to make the decision to charge based on police investigations and reports.

  28. The logistics of the accusation… I am guessing Watson didn’t just step out of the shadows and woopsy, got some stuff on your shoes… Dude has some serious unresolved issues.

  29. Statistically speaking, probability of this ending badly is pretty high. Three years from now, this might be called “The worst trade in sports history”.

  30. So, it is my understanding that a ham sandwich could be indicted if it were desired.This could be a very dicey period for Watson and the Browns. If Watson were to get indicted, convicted and sent to prison, what would this deal of $230,000,000 fully guaranteed money do to the team?

  31. Rusty Nale says:
    March 24, 2022 at 1:15 pm
    I wouldn’t wish this hot mess on any organization, even the Browns. It’s a shame.

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    I wouldn’t wish this on any teams fans, but the organization itself knew the risks. I don’t feel bad for the Browns in any way, but their fans absolutely deserve better, especially after all they’ve had to put up with for so many years

  32. I wonder if Cleveland included a disclaimer that would void the contract should something like this come up…IF he is indicted this time. Watson certainly isn’t out of the woods. I see tomorrow’s presser suddenly being postponed.

  33. This whole thing might be more believable if the Lawyer didn’t come across as a slip-and-fall ambulance chaser.

  34. Lots of people on Twitter showing that they don’t really know what a “Grand Jury” entails, and they’re showing it.

    Until a case goes to trial, a Grand Jury can be called multiple times until the prosecution has the case that they feel will lead to a conviction. The Grand Jury is essentially a test run to validate the Prosecution’s case and if the Grand Jury gives it a thumbs down – they can just go back and refine it or consider other charges/case or a reformulated approach to the existing case.

    The previous Grand Jury in no way clears his cases. The double jeopardy doesn’t go into effect until a trial.

  35. Aren’t there also alleged cases with potential prosecution in other cities? I thought there were some in California and Georgia. Also Arizona?

  36. I am starting to enjoy the off season more than the regular season! You cannot make this stuff up.

  37. So Watson drove 75 miles to little bity Clute Texas to get a massage? Wow.This is getting more ridiculous by the day.

  38. buffalojohnsema says:
    March 24, 2022 at 12:52 pm
    Buzbee really has made it his mission to ruin Watson.
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    ……..or Watson ruined himself.

  39. No number 1 pick and Baker wants out. Way to go Browns. Welcome back to 2011.

    No way Watson doesn’t get suspended.

  40. Browns have been and will continue to be a total clown show. Yeah, that’s a fact.

  41. You can’t really expect a depraved person to do the right thing, however his lawyer has really dug a bigger hole for him, just to earn more money I suspect.
    They should have offered the 22 victims 100k a piece with Watson undergoing meaningful therapy as part of the settlement, as well as offering therapy to the victims, max it would have cost him $5 million, but even if it was 10, he can well afford it.
    This mess is just dragging on because they have offered a very low settlement, which I suspect most victims view as a slap in the face and not a settlement.
    This guy should not be touched by anybody in football, I don’t care how good he is 😡

  42. Has he passed his physical yet? May want to postpone it until Monday. That way he can “fail” it and the trade and contract doesn’t take effect…

    Then we’ll have the back to Baker drama.

    Only Cleveland.

  43. If he were convicted and had to serve time, or if he were banished by Goodell – would the Browns still be on the hook for all the money and cap space his contract eats up?

    God, I hope so

  44. I would think there is language in all contracts concerning illegal activity and moral turpitude for NFL players and coaches right? And if he does something that makes his contract NULL and void legally essentially the contract NEVER existed therefore the NFL cannot charge that team against the cap? Anyone have any knowledge of how that would work? I cannot see how it would be fair to keep assessing the Raiders for Ruggs salary cap figure after he did what he did.

  45. Yep, another great move by the Browns. This franchise literally can’t get out of its own way.

  46. Browns ownership deserves whatever fallout that goes along with this mess. They’ll destroy their salary cap and waste what, on paper, is a pretty decent roster of talented players…all for a guy that will probably end up suspended, if not in jail for a time.

  47. Lots of people on Twitter showing that they don’t really know what a “Grand Jury” entails, and they’re showing it.

    Until a case goes to trial, a Grand Jury can be called multiple times until the prosecution has the case that they feel will lead to a conviction. The Grand Jury is essentially a test run to validate the Prosecution’s case and if the Grand Jury gives it a thumbs down – they can just go back and refine it or consider other charges/case or a reformulated approach to the existing case.

    The previous Grand Jury in no way clears his cases. The double jeopardy doesn’t go into effect until a trial.
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    Not so because the first time the prosecution presents it’s case they will have given it their best shot with all the facts. Playing “Oh, wait a minute” won’t work and the defense will issue a Motion to Stop.

  48. Record setting, $230 million fully guaranteed contract to a pervert.

    NFL, so progressive.

  49. Cleveland’s star GM and the whole staff are looking at their jobs on the chopping block if this moves forward. Frankly, their jobs should be on the line. The team will be in shambles for at least the next 5 years and tbh, I’m not sure it’ll ever recover. Giving this guy all that guaranteed money when there were so many blinking warnings and alarms and community pushback… what an absolutely self created disaster. Instant regret. Makes you long for the simple days of a relented team with a PITA prima donna QB and basic playoff expectations.

  50. I guess it’s easier for Texans to indict a football player once they don’t play for a Texas team.

  51. Browns just changed the physical to a 75” vertical jump, 750 pound bench press and a 3.2 40 yard dash.

  52. Jimmy Haslam demanded his staff go get this guy. Isn’t Jimmy the one that wanted Johnny Football, too? I think Jimmy & Dee (his wife) should just stay out of Cleveland.

    Don’t they own the soccer team in Columbus, Ohio??? Why don’t they just go screw up that?

  53. Baker Mayfield can at least get on the field next year. Also Texans front office looks pretty good now.

  54. I said yesterday this isn’t going away anytime soon, and whoever Watson has advising him should be fired, because you don’t sign a mega deal, and then try and settle. You settle BEFORE you get the mega deal

  55. U guys act like the browns are the only team that would sign watson…that’s so much bull!

  56. So many people willing to convict a guy that is being tried in the media instead of a courtroom. Says a lot about society. It’s sad.

  57. Sounds like someone who kept silent at first didn’t like the idea of Watson getting rewarded for his alleged misdeeds.
    Added to the fact that Texas native & high school hero Baker Mayfield has also been “victimized” by Watson.
    Just something else to consider.

  58. A lot of jumping to conclusions here. A grand jury voted not to indict on 9 charges. What’s to say this other grand jury doesn’t indict on 1? I find it very hard to believe that the Browns weren’t aware this was a possibility. They did the deal anyway. Makes me think they’re convinced this won’t go anywhere either.

  59. melikefootball says:
    March 24, 2022 at 3:48 pm
    Will the NFL stand up and suspend Watson is a bigger story

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    For what exactly? Allegations? I don’t care if there is 150 of them. If he isn’t tried and convicted there’s nothing there. Apparently there’s nothing there.

  60. The Browns’ contract with Watson should have a clear “out clause” that lists things that immediately void the contract. That list should include all kids of character-related things like this latest little problem.

  61. nosurrender says:
    March 24, 2022 at 3:07 pm
    I said yesterday this isn’t going away anytime soon, and whoever Watson has advising him should be fired, because you don’t sign a mega deal, and then try and settle. You settle BEFORE you get the mega deal

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    Im really not surprised Watson signed. Anyone would have in that situation (that none of us will ever be in, seriously). What surprises me is that the Browns had it there to be signed.

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