1st lawsuit filed against Houston Texans in relation to Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson’s actions

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson stands on the field during an NFL football practice...
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson stands on the field during an NFL football practice at the team's training facility Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)(David Richard | AP)
Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 2:24 PM EDT
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HOUSTON, Texas (WOIO) - The first lawsuit has been filed against the Houston Texans organization for their role in Cleveland Browns’ QB Deshaun Watson’s actions, according to court dockets from Harris County, Texas.

The lawsuit comes one day prior to Watson’s disciplinary hearing, set to take place June 28.

Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the 24 women who filed lawsuits against Watson, said in a statement to 19 News this lawsuit will likely be the “first of many” against the Texans.

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. We believe the Texans knew or most certainly should have known of Watson’s conduct. Beyond that, we believe the filing speaks for itself.

Tony Buzbee, founder, The Buzbee Law Firm

The Texans “turned a blind eye” and enabled Watson’s behavior, according to the lawsuit filed on Monday.

The Texans provided Watson with a membership to the Houstonian hotel, which is where Watson booked massage appointments and a massage table, according to court documents.

The Texans also provided nondisclosure agreements for Watson, according to court records.

The Houston Texans said the organization has complied with law enforcement officials and various investigations since 2021 in a statement to 19 News:

We are aware of the lawsuit filed against us today. 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.

Omar Majzoub, Director of Communications, Houston Texans

This story is ongoing and will be updated as more details are released.

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