Texans' Deshaun Watson Responds to Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed Against Him

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2021

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson walks off the field before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Houston. Star quarterback Deshaun Watson has requested a trade from the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, because they weren’t authorized to discuss the request publicly. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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Deshaun Watson is facing a sexual assault lawsuit.

The Houston Texans quarterback issued a statement regarding the lawsuit, saying that he has always treated women with respect:

"As a result of a social media post by a publicity-seeking plaintiff's lawyer, I recently became aware of a lawsuit that has apparently been filed against me. I have not yet seen the complaint, but I know this: I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect. 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."

Fox 26 in Houston reported Buzbee Law Firm filed the lawsuit against Watson on behalf of a masseuse Tuesday. Attorney Tony Buzbee told Fox 26 that "Watson went too far" when he was receiving a massage from the woman.

TMZ Sports obtained the lawsuit. The woman said Watson reached out in March 2020 to solicit her services. Upon arriving at his home, she got the impression he was wanting to engage in a sexual encounter, and he was only wearing a small towel around his groin when the massage began.

According to the lawsuit, the woman said Watson told her he wanted the massage to focus on his "groin area" and kept guiding her toward his genitals. She said Watson also exposed his erect penis and "purposely touched [Jane Doe's] hand with the tip."

She said she was "shocked and mortified," immediately stopped the massage and started crying. She said Watson then threatened her saying, "I know you have a career and a reputation, and I know you would hate for someone to mess with yours, just like I don't want anyone messing with mine."

Benjamin Allbright of KOA Colorado shared a statement from Buzbee that said, in part, "I am extremely proud to represent those who have no perceived power against those who have PERCEIVED power. 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!":

Benjamin Allbright @AllbrightNFL

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Watson has played for the Texans for his entire NFL career that dates back to 2017.

His future with the team has been a major storyline throughout the offseason.