24th lawsuit against Deshaun Watson will be filed on Monday

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Lawsuit No. 23 against Deshaun Watson was filed last week, more than a year after No. 22 was initiated. The next one will be filed a lot more quickly than that.

Attorney Tony Buzbee told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the 24th lawsuit officially will be filed on Monday, June 6.

The new cases will serve only to complicate the process of getting each of them resolved, especially if they each go to trial.

And that’s been the plan for these claims against Watson. One trial per plaintiff. That’s 24 trials. With none happening until after the 2022 football season ends.

There’s no way all 24 will be completed in the 2023 offseason. Barring settlements, this will hover over Watson, the Browns, and their fans for at least the next two football seasons.

Whatever the outcome. Even if Watson wins every single trial of every single case. It won’t be over until 2024, at the earliest, unless the cases are resolved.

The problem for Watson is that the cases are getting more expensive to settle. And to think they could have been resolved for relative peanuts in April 2021 if Watson and attorney Rusty Hardin had simply agreed to attach the term on which the Dolphins insisted in October — a confidentiality provision that is standard practice in the formal documents that settle civil suits.

Hardin boasted again during Friday’s radio appearance in Houston that Buzbee wanted confidentiality because he didn’t want the public to know how little his clients got. By October, that number became $100,000 each.

Today, it would probably require the attachment of another zero to get each of the cases resolved.

50 responses to “24th lawsuit against Deshaun Watson will be filed on Monday

  1. I have the same attitude toward it going from 23 to 24 that I had when it went from 22 to 23 – When anything greater than zero is unacceptable the difference between numbers north of 20 kind of blurs.

  2. And yet despite all the obvious and accurate comments about Watson on here and his ‘poor’ behaviour the NFL remains silent !! Now that is poor !!

  3. Going soft on Watson could be the end of Goodell’s tenure. I imagine fans (including some Browns supporters), other owners and the government are all appalled by Watson’s behavior and expect the book to be thrown at him. Goodell has to drop the hammer and permaban the predator.

  4. My God the Browns organization sucks! I feel for their poor fans. Not sure which franchise is worse, my wife’s pathetic “Commanders” or the Browns. At least we know which OWNER is worse… Snyder wins THAT one easily….

  5. At least Cleveland Browns fans will always have Jim Brown and the 1964 NFL championship.

  6. Cleveland has a good team. And the owner screws the whole thing up with one dumb move.

  7. 1. it’s 230 million, I don’t know why this keeps getting inflated.
    2. He is not the face of the franchise. Myles Garrett is by far more popular, and respected, among Browns fans. The assumption that a guy becomes QB of a team and automatically becomes the “face of the franchise” is silly.

  8. What were the Browns doing or thinking! Who throws the kind of jack to a player with all these issues? You could of Resigned Baker without much drama at all. Still traded him in a year or two if he didn’t meet your standards! Now you are stuck with this dumpster fire! Whole organization is a joke!

  9. Anybody with twenty-three outstanding parking violations would be a character risk.

  10. I would not mind if:

    1. the NFL placed Watkins on the Exempt List for the 2022 season so that the Browns would have to pay him $1M to stay away

    2. once some of the cases that are to be heard in 2023 are resolved either by trial or by settlement, the NFL suspends Watkins for the 2023 season.

    3. once some of the cases that carry beyond the 2023 season are eventually resolved either by trial or by settlement in 2024, the NFL
    decides to completely wash its hands of him and suspends him permanently.

  11. Even adding another zero to the original settlement number is still a bargain to have this all go away. Seriously, what’s 24 millions to him? From here on out, the number will only increase. Watson should just write a big fat check and get it over with. Of course, a settlement will cleanse him legally but not in the court of public opinions that the guy is a shady predator.

  12. Watson is either dilutional or he is relying on terrible advice from his lawyers. This cannot end well for him. He should have settled the lawsuits a long time ago. The longer this drags on the worse it is going to get for him.

  13. Meanwhile, down I-71, the Bengals are suddenly the defending AFC Champions with one of the brightest young stars in recent years locked in at QB.

    Oh Browns. Never change.

  14. While I feel bad for Browns fans that don’t deserve this, Baker Mayfield must be loving it.

    Karma


  15. 2. He is not the face of the franchise. Myles Garrett is by far more popular, and respected, among Browns fans.

    Wow a choice between the guy with 24 lawsuits or the guy who ripped an opponents helmet off and tried to brain him with it. An embarrassment of riches up in Cleveland.

  16. Nothing like taking someone else’s problem and making it your own, Cleveland. Disaster doesn’t even begin to describe what the Browns knowingly and willingly brought on themselves. Even if Houston had gotten nothing in exchange for Watson, they still would have won the trade.

  17. Arthur Blank seems to be getting a pass in all this mess. If Haslam doesn’t up the ante Blank looks like the complete fool

  18. The Browns as an organization deserve every bad thing that comes out of rewarding predation. Their fans? Maybe not so much. It’ll be another decade before they put out the dumpster fire.

  19. Texans GM Nick Caserio should be a lock in for GM of the year.

    For the fleecing he gave the Browns on this trade.

  20. If the settlements go north of $1 million each Watson could have a hard time coming up with the funds. His signing bonus in Cleveland is subject to state and federal income tax and once you deduct that plus the settlements there would be close to nothing left.

    That would still leave him with the after tax portion of his Texans earnings, but once you start accounting for even the known expenditures it could easily be gone. Nice house, very nice cars, houses and cars for family members, restaurant investments, trips to the Bahamas with teammates. To DeShaun’s credit he was fairly generous to charity, at least when he was in Houston. Then there are legal fees, and of course the other expenses associated with being young and rich and famous, like massages.

    Throw in a beating in the market (like many of us have taken over the last few months) and a Trevor Bauer-like suspension from the NFL and before too long DeShaun will be fishing change out of the seat cushions to buy gas for his Rolls Royce.

    If he is guilty of even a majority of the accusations that seems like a reasonably equitable outcome for everyone except the Browns, but to paraphrase Taylor Swift:

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  21. The Browns former 1st round picks the Texans now own, sure are looking better and better. The 2023 1st round pick could be in the top 10 with Brissett starting. I do not see Mayfield or Watson playing for the Browns in 2022.

    Thanks Cleveland, your nightmare is Texans fans dream come true!

  22. No evidence, no indictment: No money for the vultures. Also, can’t wait until all of you including the author don’t get your public execution via court of public opinion. You’re gonna be SO mad virtue signalers! Lol

  23. My prediction: Watson will retire from the NFL with more lawsuits than career wins.

  24. gtmcneill says:
    June 4, 2022 at 10:36 am
    I would not mind if:

    1. the NFL placed Watkins on the Exempt List for the 2022 season so that the Browns would have to pay him $1M to stay away

    2. once some of the cases that are to be heard in 2023 are resolved either by trial or by settlement, the NFL suspends Watkins for the 2023 season.

    3. once some of the cases that carry beyond the 2023 season are eventually resolved either by trial or by settlement in 2024, the NFL
    decides to completely wash its hands of him and suspends him permanently.

    ———————-
    Exactly. He needs to sit out 2023 without pay to send any sort of message. Exempt list in 2022 so he collects his $1MM as he fights this. Browns end up with a guy that hasn’t played for 3 years in 2024 for doing such a rigged (contract to help Deshaun avoid consequences of his actions.

  25. stellarperformance says:
    June 4, 2022 at 10:36 am
    Anybody with twenty-three outstanding parking violations would be a character risk.

    That post is one of the best I’ve ever read here.

  26. Not for nothing but, is Watson actually that good of a QB? I know he can run and throw and all, but is he THAT good? Good enough to receive a market making contract? I’ve watched my share of Texans games over the last several years (as they’ve been available on national broadcasts, etc) and witnessed many head scratching plays. People always call out the O-line in Houston as the reason he was sacked so much, but many of those sacks were his fault…trying to do too much and play hero ball.
    Put aside the major perv factor issue and everything that legal sh*tshow that comes with it, as a GM would I plunk down a 1/4 billion $ for that? Hell No!

  27. So you are saying that Watson won’t be playing until 2025?
    Or if he settles every case tomorrow, maybe he plays in 2022?

    With the guaranteed salary and Watson’s lawyer presumably continuing to get paid until it is all over, there might be little incentive to settle. Otherwise, an offer of a million per case would put this all in the back window. And it would be cheap at double the cost just to get it done and over with.

  28. Even if Watson somehow manages to win 24 separate trials imagine the legal costs for that amount of billable hours. Probably be cheaper to settle and if he loses even one or two it will definitely cost him more. He’s not going to clear his name by dragging this out for years. He’s going to look even worse as testimony from these trials becomes public. He’s either not listening to legal advice or getting terrible legal advice.

  29. Look at the career numbers and baker and Watson are statistically even. Only category Watson leads in by a large margin is pending law suits(civil).

  30. Ok… ok this is comical!! Kapernick takes a knee for police brutality and never plays again, while Watson has 24 cases against him and HE gets a new contract. If Watson plays in the nfl I’m done.
    Also, if a regular guy was trying to get a job with this many cases hanging over him he would be lucky to get a job let alone be able to keep the one he has already.
    Pepperidge farms remembers

  31. The Saints and Falcons are probably saying whew we’re glad we lost out on the Watson sweepstakes.

  32. stilladolphinfan says:
    June 4, 2022 at 4:31 pm
    Look at the career numbers and baker and Watson are statistically even. Only category Watson leads in by a large margin is pending law suits(civil).=================

    blahahahahaha

  33. The trade should have never been allowed to happen in the first place. Not with a player that has pending lawsuits open/unresolved of this nature. This should (hopefully) set a precedent going forward. And prevent this kind of thing from happening again. He should have been on the Commish’s do not touch list a long time ago. Likely would have forced these cases to get closed much faster. I can’t stand to see any fan base being subjected to this nonsense. I bet Baker sounds pretty, pretty, pretty damn good right about now.

  34. So … Brown will have $200 bucks left over after paying the lawyers and those girls.

  35. Spy Gate, Deflate Gate, Bounty Gate all seem kinda silly now compared to this. NFL needs to take action. 24 complaints can’t all be wrong…

  36. The NFL should’ve stopped the Browns from spending a quarter billion dollars on a QB who might never play again. I feel bad for them.

  37. For the life of me, I can’t understand why they signed this guy while he is still in legal limbo. And then created bad blood between the franchise and their previous starter, who they very well may need this year.

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