The Houston Police Division mentioned on Friday that it had begun an investigation regarding Deshaun Watson, the star quarterback for the Houston Texans, after a grievance was filed towards him.
The division’s announcement on Twitter didn’t specify the character of the report, and it was not clear whether or not the one that filed the grievance was one of many 21 ladies who’ve filed civil lawsuits in Harris County, Texas, accusing Watson of assault and sexual misconduct.
Till Friday, there was no indication of a police report filed towards Watson, although Tony Buzbee, the lawyer representing the ladies within the civil instances, had mentioned that he and his purchasers deliberate to supply proof to the authorities.
“As with all allegation, the Houston Police Division is now conducting an investigation and won’t remark additional in the course of the investigative course of,” the division mentioned on Twitter.
All the accusers, in accordance with the lawsuits, have filed claims looking for financial damages.
The Police Division’s announcement was the newest growth in a case that has unfolded over the previous three weeks towards probably the greatest and most recognizable gamers within the N.F.L., whose request to be traded from the Texans — made months earlier than the primary grievance was filed, on March 16 — has to date been rebuffed.
Buzbee has introduced accusations towards Watson over social media and has used platforms comparable to Instagram to solicit potential purchasers. Buzbee and Rusty Hardin, the distinguished Houston-based protection lawyer representing Watson, have sparred in statements, every attempting to discredit the opposite’s ways.
Watson, 25, has not commented publicly since March 16, when he mentioned on Twitter that he had “by no means handled any girl with something apart from the utmost respect” and that he had rejected “a baseless six-figure settlement demand” made by Buzbee earlier than the primary go well with was filed.
In a press release Friday night time, Buzbee mentioned that different prison complaints would observe in Houston, in addition to in different jurisdictions. He added that his authorized staff had filed a twenty second lawsuit Friday, with the plaintiff echoing the opposite ladies’s claims of lewd and coercive conduct by Watson.
Hardin mentioned in a press release that he welcomed the prison investigation, which he referred to as “lengthy overdue.”
“Now we’ll study the id of no less than one accuser,” Hardin mentioned. “We’ll absolutely cooperate with the Houston Police Division.”
The 21 fits filed so far accuse Watson of participating in a sample of lewd conduct with ladies employed to supply private companies. In these fits, he’s mentioned to have coerced the ladies to the touch him in a sexual method, uncovered himself to ladies he had employed for massages or moved his physique in ways in which compelled them to the touch his penis. The incidents cited within the fits had been mentioned to have taken place from March 2020 to March 2021, and in 4 states: Texas, Arizona, California and Georgia.
In a press release on Friday, the N.F.L. mentioned it was “persevering with to observe all developments within the matter which stays beneath evaluate of the Private Conduct Coverage.”
The coverage permits the commissioner to droop gamers or different league workers with pay whereas the league investigates allegations towards them. The league depends on legislation enforcement and court docket data along with data gathered by its personal investigators, together with former prosecutors with expertise dealing with instances involving sexual assault.
The N.F.L. is within the midst of its low season, so Watson and different gamers are usually not with their groups or visiting their websites for conditioning or practices. Except sure bonuses, gamers are paid solely in the course of the season.