Denying knowledge of Deshaun Watson’s alleged misconduct, Texans say they chose to resolve claims “amicably”

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The Texans have opted to resolve the claims of 30 woman who contended the the team was responsible for the alleged misconduct of former Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. The team issued a statement confirming this development.

“We were shocked and deeply saddened when we first learned of the allegations against our then franchise quarterback in March 2021,” said the statement from owners Janice McNair and Hannah and Cal McNair. “Although our organization did not have any knowledge of Deshaun Watson’s alleged misconduct, we have intentionally chosen to resolve this matter amicably. This is not an admission of any wrongdoing, but instead a clear stand against any form of sexual assault and misconduct.

“We hope that today’s resolution will provide some form of closure to the parties involved, our fans and the Houston community at large. As an organization, we will now turn our focus to the future and doing what we can to ensure respect for all.”

The denial of knowledge of misconduct by Watson may not mesh completely with the decision of the team’s director of security, Brent Naccara, after he became aware of a social-media threat to expose Watson, to give Watson a nondisclosure agreement to use. (Watson has testified to those basic facts.) At best, Naccara opted for willful ignorance as to why someone was threatening to expose Watson. At worst, Naccara knew what was going on, and he decided to try to keep it quiet in lieu of trying to put an end to it.

The Texans’ decision to settle means we’ll never know what Naccara knew, when he knew it, what he did, and why he did it — unless the NFL investigates, as it should. Especially since the Texans have settled not with one person, but with THIRTY.

33 responses to “Denying knowledge of Deshaun Watson’s alleged misconduct, Texans say they chose to resolve claims “amicably”

  1. Just once it would be refreshing for someone to say “we dropped the ball” and admit wrongdoing. Nobody is that clueless to actually believe the Texans.

  2. Clear as day THEY’RE GUILTY. If they weren’t legally culpable then they’d fight these lawsuits tooth and nail all day, everyday. There’s ZERO chance a billionaire owner is going to simply hand out free money to 30 women just because they’ve made accusations that were baseless. Watson is guilty of sexual misconduct, and the team got dragged into this mess when their director of security decided to provide him with the non disclosure document instead of discussing the situation with upper management, because if he had told the right people they would have immediately got their lawyers involved, and this would have turned out quite differently for everyone involved. Guilty Guilty Guilty

  3. ‘Amicably’… mighty neighborly of them!

    If they’re settling claims then the claims have merit. Otherwise they’d be opening themselves up to nonstop lawsuits. They screwed up and they know it.

  4. To every person who claims the Texans are guilty, do you realize this ultimately makes Deshaun Watson extremely guilty? The Texans knows this and are using it to their advantage here. I guarantee you Watson did not use the Texans as his defense.
    It’s a no win for Watson here. And the Texans, I don’t know how, are coming out of this looking very smart. If you ask me, the whole thing is sad.

  5. This was a smart PR move and worth the few millions they paid. Drop in the bucket for them. Just looking at this tactically, Got no horse in this race.

  6. “Although our organization did not have any knowledge of Deshaun Watson’s alleged misconduct, although we provided rooms and DND agreements and massage tables, we have intentionally chosen to resolve this matter amicably.”

  7. As the days go by, this is smelling more like a money grab and less about justice.

  8. This is the playbook for how Deshaun should have handled the civil cases from day 1.

  9. One of three things happened here: 1. HOU really duped the the CLE. 2. CLE really is that stupid. 3. The rest of us in the world are smarter than CLE.

    Okay, I guess all three things happened.

  10. They did what they had to do. Part with a couple of million dollars and the reward is peace of mind. Put the Watson era behind you, no nasty PR nightmare or court room drama, no more pressure from the NFL, sponsors/special interest groups. Good call.

  11. The Texans paid the money so they can steer the narrative any way they’d like. If Watson was smart he would’ve done the same thing. Now his image is forever tarnished.

  12. Cost them a lot less in both $$$ and bad publicity to settle now. Watson should have done the same.

  13. Corporations settle claims all of the time, and it’s not always because they are guilty. It’s because it’s cheaper and easier to just pay some people, even if their claims are false.

  14. It’s obvious they paid the settlements because they fear the ugly truth. The NFL probably compelled the Texans to settle. If the Texans are found guilty in court, the NFL could be next. Also, people defending the Texans and the NFL are scum.

  15. Nothing says “we had nothing to do with it” like a former employer settling with 30 accusers after criminal, and most civil, litigation has been settled with the alleged perp.

  16. Still deny guilt? Hope punitive things from nfl and any and everywhere else land on them till they admit culpability.

  17. I think there’s another way to read this: “Our QB turned out to be a scumbag. We didn’t realize this was going on but we think he did it and we want to make amends regardless of what he does to fix this.”

  18. None of the women involved thought whatever Watson was doing was bad enough to warrant a single phone call to police. Not one. Why would the team be aware of something that didn’t happen?

  19. I don’t see how people can bash the Texans for this. They hadn’t said a word since the lawsuit was filed except to now say it’s all over. It’s a very clean way for them to close the door on this whole mess. They can now move on with all their extra draft picks while Cleveland deals with the mess they voluntarily paid nearly a quarter of a billion dollars for.

  20. All they wanted was money not justice. Texans did what Watson should have in the first place. PAY, nda, move along.

  21. Now we’re up to 30 women.

    Where will it end? NFL can no longer deny knowledge of 30, I’ll bet there are still more. A minor discipline won’t age well.

  22. Clear as day THEY’RE GUILTY. If they weren’t legally culpable then they’d fight these lawsuits tooth and nail all day, everyday. There’s ZERO chance a billionaire owner is going to simply hand out free money to 30 women just because they’ve made accusations that were baseless. Watson is guilty of sexual misconduct, and the team got dragged into this mess when their director of security decided to provide him with the non disclosure document instead of discussing the situation with upper management, because if he had told the right people they would have immediately got their lawyers involved, and this would have turned out quite differently for everyone involved. Guilty Guilty Guilty

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    Great job on the idiocy Buddy. So anyone/entity that “settles” a civil case(s) is guilty, huh? Well, that’s 95% of all civil cases. God I hope you’re never seated on a jury or anywhere your opinion matters.

  23. Interesting how none of these 20, 24 or 30 women ever called the police after any of the sessions.

    This is not admission of guilt by the Texans. This is just a headache that easily goes away with money.

  24. The timing of settlement is interesting since Watson’s punishment hasn’t been decided. Houston is taking responsibility for Watson’s actions. It’s like the league telling the judge off the record to make sure the suspension is on the long side after the recent speculation that it’s only 6 games.

  25. Texans settled and the issue is no longer Houston’s problem.

    Thanks again Cleveland

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