Houston Texans sued in relation to Deshaun Watson case, here are details
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The Houston Texans have been sued for allegedly knowing and enabling Deshaun Watson's behavior during message therapy sessions. Initially, 24 women sued the now Cleveland Browns quarterback for se*ual harrasment and misconduct.
On Monday, a lawsuit filed in Harris County, Texas, alleges that the Texans were aware of Watson's habits during therapy sessions and that they enabled his behavior. Last week, it was announced that Watson settled 20 of the 24 lawsuits filed against him.
"Today we filed the first case of what will likely be many against the Houston Texans related to Deshaun Watson's behavior. Suffice it to say, the overwhelming evidence collected indicating that the Houston Texans enabled Watson's behavior is incredibly damning," said Tony Buzbee, the Houston attorney who represents the women who sued Watson.
"We believe the Texans knew or most certainly should have known of Watson's conduct. Beyond that, we believe the filing speaks for itself."
The Texans sued for allegedly enabling Watson's behavior
"Despite having a full training staff available to him with the Texans, and despite having the services of a specified massage therapy entity -- Genuine Touch -- available to him, Deshaun Watson refused to have massages done at the Texans stadium and instead preferred to reach out to strangers on Instagram for massages," the lawsuit states.
Also, the lawsuit alleges that when a woman threatened to expose Watson, the Texans responded by providing Watson with non-disclosure agreement paper "to protect himself." "Despite this behavior, and after yet another woman questioned Watson's behavior and threatened to expose Watson on the internet, the Houston Texans organization -- rather than investigate and address Watson's disturbing behavior -- instead provided Watson with a NDA to 'protect himself' going forward from the random women he was finding on Instagram," the lawsuit states.
On Monday, the Texans released a statement. The Texans said they have been collaborating with the law enforcement and NFL since the start of the process. "We are aware of the lawsuit filed against us today," the Texans said in a statement.
"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." Meanwhile, Watson is facing a suspension nevertheless the outcome of the lawsuits filed against him. Reportedly, the league is seeking a one-year suspension for Watson.