Tony Buzbee seeks documents regarding NFL’s investigation of Deshaun Watson

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This past week featured a three-day hearing regarding the league’s effort to discipline Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. The four pending lawsuits against Watson were not completely forgotten.

Fox 8 in Cleveland reports that attorney Tony Buzbee filed paperwork on Friday seeking documents from the NFL regarding its investigation of Watson. Buzbee seeks among other things the transcript of the disciplinary hearing.

It’s fair game, especially since Watson’s testimony can be used in the civil litigation that Buzbee is pursuing. The materials also may contain others relevant information.

Regardless of whether and to what extent the league suspends Watson, the four pending cases will continue — along with any others that may still be filed. Watson officially has settled 20 of the cases. The others could settle, but Buzbee needs to proceed as if they won’t.

40 responses to “Tony Buzbee seeks documents regarding NFL’s investigation of Deshaun Watson

  1. Looks like the Buzzer’s ship is taking on water…he is getting desperate…

  2. Buzbee needs to hammer the NFL for not even interviewing all of watsons acussers. In what world is the nfl satisifed they know everything if they havent talked to everyone involved? That alone is a huge stain on the shield

  3. How is Buzbee’s ship raking on water? Any additional information that brings his clients more money is a win. Plus if the NFL knew anything about things prior….new lawsuit.

    The NFL is I’m a really bad spot with this.

  4. Buzzer is desperate? How so? Dude just settled 20 cases. His cut on just those alone is more dough then you’ve ever made in your life. Buzzer is wanting more info because that’s what lawyers do. It’s his job. The other dude is the desperate one, doing all he can so that scumbag Watson can play football again. Watson is a sexual predator and should be banned for life.

  5. Maybe the nfl only needed to talk to 5 women to know Watson was guilty. Don’t need to talk to all 24 if you get guilty from the first 5.

  6. Buzbee has won billions in settlements while taking on some of the biggest corporations on Earth and you still have people acting like he’s some small time personal injury attorney or something.

  7. It is in the NFL’s best interest to tell Buzbee no. It’s not a public hearing. He isn’t entitled to any of their information. He’s already suing one of their teams. You can bet he’ll sue the league as a whole if he smells money. A judge may compel them to testify on their findings, at which point they can just plead the 5th. They can just say “do your own homework Tony”.

  8. cs-lewis says:
    July 2, 2022 at 2:02 pm
    Buzbee needs to hammer the NFL for not even interviewing all of watsons acussers. In what world is the nfl satisifed they know everything if they havent talked to everyone involved? That alone is a huge stain on the shield

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    They interviewed 12 accusers and focused on 5. There was no need to interview all 20+ when the same theme is replayed over and over.

    1. Watson located women (primarily via social media) and hired them for a massage. Regardless of professional credentials.

    2. At some point during the sessions, he made it known that he was interested in more than a massage through verbal and physical gestures.

    3. Some women engaged in sexual activities and some did not. None of it was forced.

    4. Some of the accusers actually held more than one session with Watson.

    The NFL’s case included no evidence that Watson engaged in violence, made threats, applied coercion, or used force. This is probably a reason why both grand juries declined to indict. The prosecutors in both cases decided it did not have enough to prosecute and win the case.

    His behavior was incredibly risky and stupid to say the least. And not the image of a the face of a franchise.

    But we do, from various reporting outlets, he didn’t break any laws. Is it a stain on the shield? Yes.

    But so was Robert Kraft when he paid for sex.

    So is Dan Snyder when his organization is an uncomfortable working environment.

    And also Jerry Jones who paid to keep things on the hush.

    Should he be suspended? I’d ask for what exactly?

    Because he booked 66 women for a massage and wanted to have sex with them? And was successful at consensual sex with some but not all?

  9. Buzzbee is BUILDING his empire! Watson was the smallest pocket to pillage. Texans are larger and NFL has the deepest. Buzzbee is merely doing rinse, repeat as he attacks deeper pockets in succession. Because, after all, in the world of litigators EVERYBODY else is responsible.

  10. Since the other cases arent settled and more than likely wont be anytime soon, how in the world would anything short aof a yr suspension be awarded

  11. Since the other cases arent settled and more than likely wont be anytime soon, how in the world would anything short aof a yr suspension be awarded

    nothing has been proven (yet, that we know of) that he violated the CBA personal conduct policy. what if the civil suits find him innocent, and he has already settled the others…how can you suspend a guy without due process?
    The court system already said there is nothing they can prove.

  12. I can’t believe we have degraded so much as a society that a lot of people don’t see anything much wrong with his behavior. Sad.

  13. Buzzer wants to see if he can dig up more stuff because his case is on life support. If I was his client I would ask why he didn’t ask for this stuff sooner…

  14. You’d think the Buzz would already know a lot more than the league so asking them for documents while he’s filed suit against the Texans seems disengenuous. The league should be asking him for documents…

  15. daphne49er says:
    July 2, 2022 at 4:28 pm
    I can’t believe we have degraded so much as a society that a lot of people don’t see anything much wrong with his behavior. Sad

    ———

    It’s not that I don’t see anything wrong with his behavior. But compared to the behavior of others that has gone unpunished (Tyreek, Joe Mixon), what Watson did was minor. He didn’t assault or beat anyone. At best he embarrassed them

  16. What happened with the NFL issues a punishment and then more cases come forward? Maybe they all have, but what if they haven’t? Then what does the league do?

  17. How about we all just wait for Judge Robinson to make a decision before making one ourselves. She is more well informed than all of us combined (including Florio) about this case along with the experience to make an unbiased decision based on fact and the rules of the collective bargaining agreement. Just a thought.

  18. daphne49er says:
    July 2, 2022 at 4:28 pm
    I can’t believe we have degraded so much as a society that a lot of people don’t see anything much wrong with his behavior. Sad.
    ——————————————————————————————————
    I can’t believe we have degraded so much as a society that a lot of people don’t see anything wrong with someone who claims sexual misconduct, but came back for a second and third session and then wants more money.

  19. Why interview all the witnesses? In Goodell’s world he knows all. Remember in the
    Zeke Elliot case the experts that Goodell hired, two former members of the Manhattan DA’s office,
    One a former prosecutor the other an experienced investigator.
    They interviewed the alleged victim, who had tried to get her friend to lie to the
    police. She made up a story that Elliot pulled her out the passenger side of a car.
    Completely false.
    The experienced investigator, based upon her years of witness evaluations, recommended
    that Elliot not be suspended. What did Goodell do? He ignored it and did what he wanted to.
    He suspended Elliot for the max….6 games. Elliot went from no suspension to the max,
    based upon Goodell’s own hunch or feeling.
    Ever since Goodell stupidly suspended Rice for 2 games he overcompensates for
    a ridiculously dumb decision. He accused Rice of not being truthful.
    Now every NFL player accused is treated unfairly. Don’t even get me started
    with Kraft who not only paid for sex but is a creep. No way Watson gets treated
    like Kraft.

  20. I also can’t believe that some neanderthals believe the sexual assault and harassment is simply “embarrassing them”. Clueless.

    I also get a kick out people who point fingers at others deviants and say “see! he was just as bad and got a lesser punishment!”.

    As if we are stuck in time without any opportunity to right the wrongs of the past? It’s call evolving.

  21. Christopher Allan says:
    July 2, 2022 at 5:26 pm
    daphne49er says:
    July 2, 2022 at 4:28 pm
    I can’t believe we have degraded so much as a society that a lot of people don’t see anything much wrong with his behavior. Sad.
    ——————————————————————————————————
    I can’t believe we have degraded so much as a society that a lot of people don’t see anything wrong with someone who claims sexual misconduct, but came back for a second and third session and then wants more money.

    __________________________________

    Fact.

  22. Here is why the Buzzer is desperate and his ship is sinking.

    According to Fox8 news, this is from one of the remaining plantiff’s attorneys video deposition.

    “Did you know Ms. Baxley responded to Mr. Watson 19 times after the day of the massage with him?” the attorney asked. “Over text message. She communicated with him 19 times.”

    The counselor, Mary Magdalene Smith, testified she was not aware that Baxley continued to communicate with Watson.

    “Well, it certainly doesn’t sound like trauma,” Smith said. “If she’s able to talk to him and is willing to do another massage.”

  23. “ Looks like the Buzzer’s ship is taking on water…he is getting desperate…”

    Um, no. “the Buzzer” is a lawyer doing his due diligence. I love the comments on this website. It’s like going to the zoo.

  24. Anyone forming judgements based on opinion, not evidence, heard of the Dunning Kruger Effect? If not, look it up. Might help you in life going forward learning you’re not the genius you think you are. Simply cannot believe people are against Judge Robinson’s decision (whichever way it goes) and simply have made up their minds as guilty. Go watch “12 Angry Men” (Henry Fonda). That old dude who simply indicts cause he hates.. that is you. Congrats.

  25. Relax. It’s called the discovery process. Both sides are entitled to relevant docs from the other party.

  26. berniesarmy says:
    July 2, 2022 at 6:11 pm
    Anyone forming judgements based on opinion, not evidence, heard of the Dunning Kruger Effect? If not, look it up. Might help you in life going forward learning you’re not the genius you think you are. Simply cannot believe people are against Judge Robinson’s decision (whichever way it goes) and simply have made up their minds as guilty. Go watch “12 Angry Men” (Henry Fonda). That old dude who simply indicts cause he hates.. that is you. Congrats
    —————————
    All of this from a guy named “berniesarmy.” With a name like that, we can be assured that his “Opinion” is not bias! Actually, it seems that he really could care less if Watson is guilty, as long as he can play for a team that berniesarmy happens to root for……seems a little shallow doesn’t it?…..smh

  27. The Judge has wide ranging latitude to gives Watson anywhere from nothing, to a lifetime ban, and anything in between. You people who think scores going to give him nothing are not dealing in reality. He’s getting at least a year at a minimum, and I personally think it’s going to be 2 full seasons

  28. The fact that this is a National topic of conversation is astonishing to me .

  29. pftpro says: July 2, 2022 at 1:43 pm Looks like the Buzzer’s ship is taking on water…he is getting desperate… ———————Actually it’s exactly the opposite. Hes been able to settle 20 of his cases which means the client was at least somewhat happy and now because of those settlements the nfl started their process which gives him an opportunity to get info that he might not have already obtained to help him in his other 4 cases

  30. I have to laugh at some the comments about Buzbee being some kind of low-life. People act like he’s Saul Goodman taking out ads in the back of sleazy Enquirer-type papers seeking quick buck liars willing to perjure themselves in court for a possible payday.

  31. I don’t blame him.

    Goodell’s cover up is almost complete.

    24 victims. 24.

  32. daphne49er says:
    July 2, 2022 at 5:37 pm
    I also can’t believe that some neanderthals believe the sexual assault and harassment is simply “embarrassing them”. Clueless.

    ———

    None of these women claim he assaulted them. None

  33. Buzbee is going to end-up on the wrong persons hit parade.
    Loose women, professional athletes and gamblers don’t make good business partners.
    Too many angles could make too many losers.
    This case will pass fast….

  34. So, you are gonna request every piece of paper that has been printed on? Really?

  35. Lol. That’s what the NFL gets. I don’t see why they would go through the process of putting themselves in the middle of any active lawsuit or legal action. The NFL (and all pro leagues) should just adopt a policy of allowing the legal process to deal with players breaking laws. That removes them entirely from this whole idea of punishing players for off the field and non-game related incidents. Then they can always just say the that this is an off the field legal matter which they have nothing to do with. If you don’t like the laws or legal situation then talk to your local elected representatives.

  36. I can’t believe that someone would claim that what Watson did was merely embarrassing to these women. He scarred them for life.

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