Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the 24 women who filed civil lawsuits against Deshaun Watson, said his law firm will “soon join the organization of the Houston Texans and others as defendants” in the lawsuits against the quarterback.
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the nondisclosure agreement Watson gave some of the plaintiffs to sign came from Texans director of security Brent Naccara. The Times also reported that the Texans provided a hotel room at The Houstonian hotel, where several of the massages took place.
“What has become clear is that the Houston Texans organization and their contracted ‘massage therapy company’ facilitated Deshaun Watson’s ride,” Buzbee said in a statement. “In many of these instances, the Texans gave the opportunity for this behavior to occur. We believe the Texas organization was well aware of Watson’s issues, but failed to act. They certainly knew or should have to know.
“We intend to ensure that everyone involved in Watson’s conduct is held accountable, in addition to and including Watson himself.”
The Texans did not specifically respond to the New York Times allegations, but said in multiple statements that the organization did not know of Watson’s actions until March 2021, when the first lawsuit was filed against the quarterback. -back.
There were 23 lawsuits filed against Watson from March 16 to April 14, 2021. One was dropped after the judge ruled each motion should be amended to include each plaintiff’s name. Last week, two more lawsuits were filed against Watson, bringing the total to 24 active civil lawsuits.
Although two grand juries in Texas declined to prosecute Watson earlier this year, the NFL is investigating whether he violated its code of conduct and interviewed the quarterback in person last month as part of its investigation. At the league’s spring meeting, commissioner Roger Goodell said he believed the NFL was nearing the end of its investigation, but could not give a timeline for when a decision might be made. .
Houston traded Watson to the Cleveland Browns in March after the first grand jury announced it would not charge Watson with criminal charges.
Watson has denied any wrongdoing.
“What I can continue to do is tell the truth,” he said on March 25, his first and only media interview since joining the Browns. “And that is that I have never assaulted, disrespected or harassed a woman in my life.”