Tony Buzbee vaguely hints at potential litigation against the NFL

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During his Thursday press conference that primarily focused on criticizing the NFL for its handling of the discipline of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson — even though the NFL continues to try to suspend Watson for at least one year — attorney Tony Buzbee  provided a vague hint regarding his potential plans for the future.

While addressing the settlement of claims on behalf of 30 clients against the Houston Texans, Buzbee made a remark regarding another party that has not been sued. Yes.

“It think it’s important to note that, as part of that settlement, the NFL did not participate,” Buzbee said. “They are not part of that release.”

In other words, the NFL could still be sued by one or more of Buzbee’s clients.

The grounds of any potential litigation aren’t clear. With the Texans, the claims primarily flowed from the notion that the team gave Watson a nondisclosure agreement to use while securing private massage therapy sessions. The Texans arguably knew or should have known that Watson was engaged in misconduct, and arguably failed to put a stop to it.

There’s no evidence (at least none that has been disclosed) that the NFL knew or should have known about Watson’s behavior while it was occurring. Buzbee could try to argue that the league is vicariously liable for Watson because he held himself out as an NFL quarterback in order to pursue his alleged habit/fetish of arranging massages that he then tried to convert to sexual encounters. Also, Buzbee could argue that the league engaged in negligent, reckless, or intentional infliction of emotional distress by the manner in which the investigation was handled.

Regardless, his comment hints at potential plans for the future. Whether he intends to proceed with one or more lawsuits or whether he simply hopes to pressure the league to drop the hammer on Watson remains to be seen. Either way, the league is currently trying to drop the hammer on Watson, a fact that Buzbee’s comments from Thursday overlooked.

12 responses to “Tony Buzbee vaguely hints at potential litigation against the NFL

  1. The NFLPA really needs to change their ways and get in the game of firing these guys that screw up instead of defending them. You screw up – you lose your job. Put it to bed and move on instead of all of these lawsuits and funny business defending bad behavior.

  2. Please, oh please, oh please let Tony sue the NFL. That would be the greatest thing EVER!

  3. And why not? Suing in sports seems the thing to do now. PGA and players being sued by LIV golf and players. Hockey has one brewing up in Canadian junior hockey from events in 2003 and 2019. Always something in NCAA football. Latest is Auburn QB. Anything look like pending litigation in MLB or the NBA?

    Sports isn’t entertainment anymore. It’s all drama, and he said-she said, especially in the off-season.

  4. Buzbee should quit while he is ahead. If he goes after the NFL, the Shield has the resources to bury him – financially and metaphorically. Not endorsing the NFL by any means. He got presumably a 25% cut (at least) of each one of the 23 settlements (plus expenses) for a few months work.

  5. I’d like to see it, not because he would win, but because of the bad publicity it would shine on the NFL.

  6. The NFL union needs to go. Unions only protect the guilty always have and always will. Watson and a few others should be gone from the league.

  7. The argument would be that the NFL did a sham investigation of Watson, I guess.

  8. If you read the filings on Watson the last paragraph on each case was the same, it blamed the NFL for allowing this to happen. Not a surprise it sounds as if he will go after the NFL next

  9. 50Stars says:
    August 5, 2022 at 1:59 pm
    The NFLPA really needs to change their ways and get in the game of firing these guys that screw up instead of defending them. You screw up – you lose your job. Put it to bed and move on instead of all of these lawsuits and funny business defending bad behavior.
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    This is not how Unions work. The Union defends the individual and looks out for the best interests of its union members, that is their function. It is interesting how Owners have shown very bad behavior in the operations of their businesses, but Goodel doesn’t bring the hammer down on them. Why?

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