Tony Buzbee’s firm confirms two clients spoke to HBO about Deshaun Watson

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Deshaun Watson‘s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, doesn’t have high hopes for Tuesday night’s treatment of Watson’s case by HBO’s Real Sport with Bryant Gumbel. The lawyer representing the 22 women who has sued Watson seems to be slightly more optimistic.

Tony Buzbee’s law firm has issued the following statement in advance of Tuesday night’s episode.

“HBO approached us and asked us if our clients would be willing to speak on the record for the Real Sports program,” the statement reads. “As was the case with speaking with law enforcement and the NFL, we left the decision whether to speak publicly up to the clients themselves. Two chose to do so. These women are the most brave and courageous I’ve ever met. This firm is extremely proud to represent them. During the filming process I was impressed with HBO’s diligence and insistence on fairness. Despite our requests, HBO refused to provide us before-hand the questions they intended to ask. And, I can tell you, hard questions were in fact asked — not only to our clients but to me as well. This firm has been trying and winning civil cases for twenty-five years; we are extremely confident in these cases. As each witness testifies in the pre-trial discovery process, the evidence against Deshaun Watson continues to mount. The walls, as they say, are closing in. We look forward to trying these cases in court as soon as practicable. We are very confident that, in the end, justice will be done.”

The statement says that two of the alleged victims chose to speak. However, the statement issued by HBO on Friday said this: “Several women who have accused Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct sit down for their first ever national TV interview.”

Is two “several”? Sorry, HBO, but “several” implies more than two. While hardly a smoking gun, it’s unfortunate because it creates, in subtle but real fashion, a false impression as to the number of women who actually sat down with HBO.

Also, the notion that HBO refused to provide Buzbee with its questions in advance isn’t admirable. It’s expected. No credible journalist provides the questions in advance. The fact that Buzbee wanted the questions in advance is unusual. The fact that HBO declined is not.

It’s also unclear whether HBO offered Watson a chance to be interviewed. We assume HBO did, but HBO has not yet responded to two separate emails raising this question.

The new episode of Real Sports debuts on Tuesday night. We’ll be watching it. We’ll be digesting it. We’ll provide a fair and balanced analysis of it.

Regardless of what is or isn’t said and who does or doesn’t say it, this is the latest skirmish in the court of public opinion. Although Hardin recently tried to suggest that this aspect of the fight doesn’t matter, it does. When it comes to the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy, P.R. means plenty. It means everything. The policy is a tool for managing P.R.

And, as mentioned over the weekend, the fact that the Commissioner nearly lost his job for being too lenient in the punishment of Ray Rice suggests that the Commissioner won’t make that mistake again.

10 responses to “Tony Buzbee’s firm confirms two clients spoke to HBO about Deshaun Watson

  1. Somebody in TV is always there to cash in on the pain and suffering of others.

  2. It’s one thing to testify in a court proceedings; quite another to speak to HBO or other media outlets. Watson may have actions for defamation. If the goal is to keep applying pressure for a big buck$$$$ settlement, the plaintiffs and their entrepreneurial counsel best be careful not to overplay their hands.

  3. Tuesday night will be a defining moment in Deshaun Watson’s life. The court of public opinion will be judging him for months after based on these two woman’s statements. If he were innocent of the allegations he’d surely appear also. I’m guessing HBO offered him an opportunity that he declined.

  4. supercharger says:
    May 23, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Somebody in TV is always there to cash in on the pain and suffering of others.

    ====

    Or, to help amplify awareness of pain and suffering that is being pushed aside by the power of money and fame.

    There’s really not much question about whether Watson did what he’s accused of. The remaining questions are whether laws were broken and what the consequences will be. But we know the behavior he was engaged in, and we shouldn’t find it acceptable.

  5. So the HBO special will be one-sided. 2 accusers and nobody to speak for Watson.

    Since the HBO special is not a trial, there is no penalty for lying. Buzbee is angry that Watson wouldn’t settle, so now he’s going to try the cases in the court of public opinion.

    What a joke.

  6. This should be on E! instead of HBO, it is turning into a reality show.

  7. Good for HBO and Bryant Gumbel. Gumbel isn’t a shame reporter or TMZ. I also believe HBO reached out to Watson’s camp and they didn’t like that they weren’t given the questions and they decided not to do the sit down.

    They will then try to spin this is “fake news” and a spin job by the women and HBO, and they weren’t allowed to respond…but will respond via Buzbee press releases.

    Watson is gross.

  8. It’s dangerous for these women to speak publicly on TV if their interview questions are markedly different from their depo testimony, as it creates ammo for trial cross-examination by Watson’s attorneys. There is no real risk for defamation is the statements mirror those made in the lawsuit. As for the claims of one-sidedness, I’m sure Watson and his attorneys were given the chance to be interviewed but declined, and if so, the joke is on them.

  9. I’m guessing after Tuesday the Houston ADA will be wishing the grand jury had indicted that ham sandwich….

  10. Maybe Goodell will just ban Watson, void his contract and undo the trade completely.

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