Mar. 17—About an hour after attorney and former Houston mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee posted on Instagram that he had filed a lawsuit against Deshaun Watson on behalf of a client, the Texans quarterback responded with a statement of his own on social media.
“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,” Watson posted on Twitter on Tuesday night. “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.
Buzbee didn’t give details of the lawsuit, but his Instagram post included, “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.”
The message also said, “This case we just filed against Watson isn’t about money—it’s about dignity and stopping behavior that should be stopped, NOW! Stay tuned for details. LET ME SAY THIS. I’m a Marine. I’m not easily intimidated. If you have info or have been part of this, contact my office.”
A Fox 26 story reports that Buzbee told its reporter Isiah Carey that “Watson went too far” with a masseuse during a massage.
NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright tweeted that he received a text from one of Watson’s teammates, who said, “Would be the most unexpected thing ever if true. I don’t believe it no way, no how.”
All this comes as Watson is in a dispute with the Texans. Multiple media outlets have reported that Watson has asked to be traded and is prepared to sit out training camp and games if the Texans don’t grant him his wish.
Last week, Texans coach David Culley repeatedly said he plans on Watson being his quarterback.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Texans signed former Chargers backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor as a free agent.
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