Now that Aaron Donald seems to have cleared his name from the incident at a Pittsburgh night club another NFL star seems to be ready to take on his own legal situation. Granted, Deshaun Watson is in a much more difficult and serious situation.
As of today, there are 22 lawsuits against Watson for different sexual misconduct incidents. Today his team of lawyers has put out an official statement. In which, they argue that most of these allegations are just a huge money grab!
Today in presenting a document titled “Deshaun Watson’s Original Answer,” the quarterback’s legal team addressed a couple of things that had been unclear. Watson’s side essentially wanted to know how the process would be carried out. Particularly if the plaintiffs filing cases against Watson were going to use their names and essentially actively participate in the process.
For now, there are 22 active lawsuits, there were 23, but one has effectively been dropped. Watson’s defense claims that they have strong evidence to support that many of the claims made against him are completely false.
Watson’s defense team in the statement details interactions between Watson and the alleged victims. Here is why they feel that everything is just a big money grab.
The document states that at least 8 of the plaintiffs bragged about providing services to Watson. Seven plaintiffs offered to continue to work with Watson after the date of the alleged sexual misconduct incident. Three more women lied about the number of times that they had been in contact with Watson. Finally, 5 more of these women have completely deleted their social media presence in the fallout of these incidents.
Another important detail in the document presented by the defense states that only 2 women are alleging that Watson forced them into some type of sexual activity. This is certainly something that has to be taken with a pinch of salt.
When you narrow a pool of 23 or 22 potential sexual assaults to maybe just 2 it sounds much better. Two accounts of sexual misconduct are still bad no matter how you look at it though! It’s pretty clear that the defense is trying to brush away as many of the lawsuits as they can. To potentially then focus on what could be more serious allegations.
Although Watson is probably more focused on avoiding jail time at this point in his life, his career is certainly up in the air right now. He had already told his current team the Texans that he did not intend to play for the team this next season and that he wanted a trade to another team.
In facing these lawsuits experts feel that he will most likely be put on the Commissioner’s exempt list. This means that as the investigation continues he would not be allowed to play in the league regardless. Watson’s certainly in a pickle. He’s going to need cash to deal with this predicament, but since he is in this predicament he can’t work. Also, his endorsement deals are crumbling ar