Deshaun Watson must sit for deposition in latest civil lawsuit

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In 2022, Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson gave sworn deposition in multiple civil lawsuits pending against him for sexual assault during massage therapy sessions. Most of those cases have since been settled.

In October, a new lawsuit was filed by a lawyer other than the lawyer who had filed 20-plus civil complaints against Watson. Today, a judge ruled that Watson must give deposition testimony within the next 90 days.

It’s ordinary and usual for the defendant in a civil lawsuit to be questioned under oath, during the pre-trial process known as discovery. In this case, Watson’s attorney wanted to delay the deposition until the court ruled on whether the entire case should be thrown out as a sham.

Via Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today, the presiding judge decided not to prevent the deposition from happening, notwithstanding any efforts by Watson’s counsel to attack the legitimacy of the lawsuit.

That’s no surprise. The bar for throwing out a case before the plaintiff has a fair chance to gather evidence to prove the case is very high. The arguments advanced by attorney Rusty Hardin go to the credibility of the plaintiff’s story, not whether her allegations, if true, state a legal claim on which relief can be eventually granted in court.

And so the plaintiff should get a chance to prove her case. Watson will get a chance to prove his case, snd on it goes.

22 responses to “Deshaun Watson must sit for deposition in latest civil lawsuit

  1. Browns screwed themselves giving this guy a massive contract and indirectly screwed NFL teams that will have to pay their young franchise QBs.
    Oh those Cleveland Clowns..LOL

  2. Snd the league will eventually be forced to take action on the Rusty Hardin types. Sooner than later.

    Watson should as well. There’s a very good reason these cases have not been touched by a prosecutor.

    I would be extremely careful as an NFL player until something is done to put any attorney in the corner who is so bitter about a QB wanting to leave that he files cases like Hardin did.

  3. Watson haters should take a deep breath. Let’s let the process play out. While what he’s been accused of is repulsive, he deserves his due process. To this point, he’s settled cases, paid a fine and served an 11 game suspension. When will he have done enough? Let it proceed.

  4. If it is a sham, one way to stop that nonsense is to provide the “shammer” with 90 days in prison to think about their wrongdoing.

  5. It’s still appalling that Watson has been allowed to walk back on an NFL field and be the face of an entire franchise.

    The league utterly failed to do the right thing, and it’s counting on everyone just forgetting.

    No one with a functioning conscience has forgotten, or will. The league crossed a line and the league and sport is now poisoned for what it’s normalizing.

  6. Watson is a serial sexual deviant. That the Browns sold there soul to get in bed with him is…well so Brownish of them.
    You got what you paid for…a average QB with massive personal problems.
    The future is not so bright for the Browns.

  7. Watson is a serial predator. Only a matter of time until he strikes again. Book it. Some of the conspiracy theory comments are not funny.

  8. Having watched Watson play here in Houston I wondered if the long layoff might affect his play. I watched several of his games since he’s been back and he just doesn’t look the same. In fact he looks rather ordinary.

  9. Yeah because he never did anything wrong huh? Dude is a creep and not as good at his job as people thought. Cleveland will rue the day.

  10. I’m sick and tired of hearing about these civil proceedings and all of the innuendo and public judgement of him being a monster. Some prosecutor somewhere needs to get an actual criminal indictment already if this isn’t really all just part of a grand grift!

  11. That woman is not a New plaintiff yes New attorney the other attorney would not take her case. Sound to me a like money train to me.

  12. Mike says:
    January 10, 2023 at 8:38 pm
    Snd the league will eventually be forced to take action on the Rusty Hardin types. Sooner than later.

    Watson should as well. There’s a very good reason these cases have not been touched by a prosecutor. ……

    I would be extremely careful as an NFL player until something is done to put any attorney in the corner who is so bitter about a QB wanting to leave that he files cases like Hardin did……To paraphrase Ygritte from Game of Thrones, “You know nothing, Mike says.”

  13. Watson should have his due-process, just like the accusers. I think if Buzbee hadn’t started this whole thing with a presser, and had just filed the lawsuits, it would’ve given the whole thing more of an air of credibility.

    Having said that, I’m of the opinion that there are too many cases for this to be any kind of cash grab. It’s also really depressing to see how many people are eager to make excuses and victim-blame in cases of sexual assault/harassment/coercion.

    It’s a pretty tough competition, but I still think Jimmy Haslam is the worst owner in the NFL – or at least he’s tied with a few others.

  14. Tabasco says:
    January 11, 2023 at 9:18 am
    Watson should have his due-process, just like the accusers. I think if Buzbee hadn’t started this whole thing with a presser, and had just filed the lawsuits, it would’ve given the whole thing more of an air of credibility.

    Having said that, I’m of the opinion that there are too many cases for this to be any kind of cash grab. It’s also really depressing to see how many people are eager to make excuses and victim-blame in cases of sexual assault/harassment/coercion.
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    Totally agree with your second point. With regard to Buzbee, we have to remember that he was probably one of very few attorneys who would take the cases. It is a good bet that very few of even the most powerful Houston attorneys would want to go up against the Texans, the McNair’s, and Watson. You have to have a lot to resources and not be worried about the PR blowback to take these cases.

  15. Worse owner is NOT Jimmy Haslam. Haslam may be bad, but he’s nowhere close to the worse owner. That title belongs to Houston’s Cal McNair and 2nd place isn’t even close. Haslam at least earned his right to buy the Browns. Cal McNair has earned nothing, literally nothing in his life. And from the day his daddy passed and he took control, the Texans have been a disaster in every form, on and off the field, it could not be worse and there’s one common denominator, and that’s Cal McNair.

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