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Tony Buzbee, the lawyer representing all 24 women who have filed civil lawsuits against Deshaun Watson, said his law firm “will soon join the Houston Texans organization and others as defendants” in the lawsuit against the quarterback.
On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that the secrecy agreement that Watson gave some of the plaintiffs to sign came from Texan security director Brent Naccara. The Times also reported that the Texans provided a hotel room at The Houstonian, where several of the massage treatments took place.
“What has become clear is that the Houston Texans organization and their contracting ‘massage therapy firm’ facilitated Deshaun Watson’s behavior,” Buzbee said in a statement. “In many of these cases, the Texans provided the opportunity for this behavior to occur. We believe the Texans’ organization was well aware of Watson’s problems, but failed to act. They knew it or should have certainly known it.
“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 allegations in New York Times history, but they have said in several statements that the organization was not aware of Watson’s actions until March 2021, when the first lawsuit was filed against the quarterback.
23 lawsuits were filed against Watson from March 16 to April 14, 2021. One was dropped after the judge ruled that each petition should be amended to include the name of each plaintiff. Last week, two more lawsuits were filed against Watson, bringing the total to 24 active civil lawsuits.
Although two major juries in Texas declined to pursue criminal charges against Watson earlier this year, the NFL is investigating whether he violated its code of conduct, and the league interviewed the quarterback in person last month as part of the investigation. At the league’s spring meeting, Commissioner Roger Goodell said he thought the NFL was nearing the end of its investigation, but he could not provide 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 it is that I have never assaulted, disrespected or harassed any woman in my life.”