It was learned earlier this month that the Houston Texans “and others” might be added as defendants within the four remaining lively civil lawsuits alleging Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct throughout therapeutic massage classes for allegedly enabling his conduct.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, lawyer Tony Buzbee, who’s representing the ladies suing Watson, confirmed on Monday that there’s now no less than one lawsuit towards the Texans.
“Today we filed the first case of what will likely be many against the Houston Texans related to Deshaun Watson’s behavior,” Buzbee defined in an announcement shared by Florio. “Suffice it to say, the overwhelming evidence collected indicating that the Houston Texans enabled Watson’s behavior is incredibly damning. We believe the Texans knew or most certainly should have known of Watson’s conduct. Beyond that, we believe the filing speaks for itself.”
Houston despatched Watson to the Browns in March after he sat out the entire 2021 marketing campaign following an offseason commerce request. Per Florio, the newest lawsuit “contends that Watson requested a massage from her in November 2020 via social media, and that he brought with him a nondisclosure agreement provided by the Texans” earlier than he allegedly “assaulted and harassed” the plaintiff.
“We are aware of the lawsuit filed against us today,” the Texans mentioned in an announcement. “Since March 2021, we have fully supported and complied with law enforcement and the various investigations. We will continue to take the necessary steps to address the allegations against our organization.”
The lawsuit provides: “Watson was a Houston Texans’ employee; individuals within the Texans organization knew or should have known of Watson’s conduct.” It additionally states that “multiple” workers at Genuine Touch, a therapeutic massage remedy supplier for the membership, had sexual relations with the signal-caller throughout classes.
Watson has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, and two grand juries declined to indict him. It was reported over the weekend that his NFL disciplinary listening to is scheduled to start Tuesday, and it is believed the league needs to ban the 26-year-old from taking part in for at least one complete season. Backup Jacoby Brissett will turn out to be Cleveland’s QB1 if Watson is made ineligible for half or the entire upcoming marketing campaign.