Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has actually settled all however 4 of the suits submitted versus him, lawyer Tony Buzbee stated in a declaration Tuesday.
Since March 16, 2021, 25 suits have actually been submitted versus Watson, declaring sexual attack and other improper habits throughout massage sessions. Of those 25, one was stopped by the complainant when the judge ruled her petition needed to be modified with her name. The other 20, Buzbee stated, have actually been settled.
“We are working through the paperwork related to those settlements,” Buzbee stated in a declaration. “Once we have done so, those particular cases will be dismissed. The terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential. We won’t comment further on the settlements or those cases.”
Buzbee kept in mind that Ashley Solis, the very first lady to submit a suit versus Watson and the very first to speak openly and recognize herself as a complainant, is not one of the 20 ladies to settle.
“… Ashley Solis is one of the heroes of this story. Her case has not settled and thus her story and that of the other three brave women will continue. I look forward to trying these cases in due course, consistent with other docket obligations and the court’s schedule,” he stated.
Although 2 grand juries in Texas decreased to pursue criminal charges versus Watson previously this year, the NFL is examining whether he breached its standard procedure, and the league talked to the quarterback personally last month as part of its examination. At the league’s spring conference, commissioner Roger Goodell stated that he believed the NFL was nearing completion of its examination however that he could not offer a timeline for when a judgment may be made.
NFL representative Brian McCarthy stated Tuesday that, “today’s development has no impact on the collectively bargained disciplinary process.”
Buzbee stated in his declaration that without Solis’ “courage and willingness to come forward, the NFL wouldn’t currently be contemplating discipline; there would be no examination of how teams might knowingly or unknowingly enable certain behavior; sports teams wouldn’t be reviewing their personnel screening processes; and this important story wouldn’t have dominated the sports headlines for more than a year.”
The Houston Texans traded Watson to the Browns in March in exchange for a bundle that consisted of 3 first-round draft choices after the very first grand jury revealed it would not arraign Watson on criminal charges.
Last week, Watson stated in a press conference that he has no remorses about any of his actions however confessed that he does be sorry for the effect the accusations have actually had on individuals around him.
“I do understand that I do have regrets as far as the impact that [it’s had] on the community and people outside of just myself,” Watson stated. “And that includes my family. That includes this organization. That includes my teammates in this locker room that have to answer to these questions. That includes the fan base of the Cleveland Browns. That includes males, females, everyone across the, the world. That’s one thing I do regret is the impact that it’s triggered on so many people. It’s tough to have to deal with.”
ESPN’s Jake Trotter added to this report.