Quarterback Deshaun Watson will encounter a singular environment for a number of causes when he makes his Cleveland Browns regular-season debut on the Houston Texans this Sunday.
Kalyn Kahler of The Athletic reported Tuesday that lawyer Tony Buzbee says “around 10” of his purchasers who alleged Watson dedicated sexual misconduct throughout therapeutic massage periods plan to look at Sunday’s recreation with Buzbee from a set at Houston’s NRG Stadium.
“I will be there to welcome Deshaun back to Houston,” Buzbee defined.
Buzbee added he and his purchasers wish to ship a transparent message to the signal-caller who was reinstated on Monday following an 11-game suspension associated to the sexual misconduct allegations:
“You think you put us behind you, but we are still here.”
Buzbee and Watson’s authorized staff settled 23 of 24 lawsuits filed towards the 27-year-old earlier than the common season started. A former therapeutic massage therapist named Lauren Baxley confirmed in August she was the lone holdout, and Buzbee informed Kahler “that nothing has changed in Baxley’s stance.”
A brand new lawsuit was filed towards Watson final month.
Two grand juries declined to indict Watson, and he hasn’t been charged with any crime associated to the allegations. His suspension got here on account of a settlement agreed upon by the NFL and the NFL Players Association.
Sunday’s recreation may even give Watson his first regular-season motion since Jan. 3, 2021, when he was with the Texans. He sat by means of your complete subsequent marketing campaign following an offseason commerce request. The Browns finalized a cope with the Texans to land Watson’s providers this previous March.
Cleveland improved to 4-7 on the season by way of this previous Sunday’s 23-17 extra time win vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and stays mathematically alive within the postseason race. On Monday, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said he and his gamers should “put the blinders on” to get rid of “whatever’s going on the outside” and “focus on doing our job.”
Stefanski’s directions may show to be troublesome for Watson to comply with come Sunday.