Deshaun Watson has denied allegations put forth by attorney Tony Buzbee, who has accused the quarterback of going “too far” with a masseuse.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, a potential trade target for the New York Jets and several others, has denied allegations of improper conduct against women. The claims were put forth by Houston-based attorney Tony Buzbee, who told Isiah Carey of Fox 26 (KRIV) that “Watson went too far” with a female masseuse.
Buzbee, who has also run for public office on both Democratic and Republican tickets, originally posted the filing of a lawsuit against Watson on his social media platforms.
“I am extremely proud to represent those who have no perceived power against those who have PERCEIVED power,” Buzbee wrote in a caption on Instagram, accompanied by a photo of Watson clad in his Houston Texans gear. “Things are changing in this country, in this great state, and in this great city. And I feel like it’s for the better, for all of us! Today we filed suit against Deshaun Watson. Too many times women have put up with behavior that we all know no one should put up with.
“Should we make excuses for the famous? Or those who hold special positions, or quarterbacks on a local professional football team? I don’t think so! All people are equal, and all deserve dignity and respect.”
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Watson responded to the allegations about two hours after Buzbee’s posting. He denied them and announced his intentions to clear his name.
“I have not yet seen the complaint, but I know this: I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect,” Watson said through a Twitter announcement. “The plaintiff’s lawyer claims that this isn’t about money, but before filing suit he made a baseless six-figure settlement demand, which I quickly rejected. Unlike him, this isn’t about money for me — it’s about clearing my name, and I look forward to doing that.”
— Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson) March 17, 2021
Of note, Buzbee appears to be somewhat connected with the McNair family, the owners of the Texans franchise since their 2002 inception.
uStadium noted that Buzbee, reminiscing over billboards imploring the Texans to choose Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel in the 2014 draft, referred to “Mr. McNair” as “my neighbor” in a separate Instagram post. That post appears to have been removed from Buzbee’s profile.
Though team founder and family patriarch Bob passed away in 2018, his son Carl currently serves as the team chairman and runs day-to-day operations. Bob is survived by his wife Janice, now the team’s principal owner.
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Tensions between Watson and the Texans have been well noted this offseason, but Houston has repeatedly insisted it has no plans to trade the three-time Pro Bowler.
The team has put out a statement that it’s aware of the situation while mentioning that the social media exchange was the first it’s heard of the newly-developing situation.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags