The Houston Texans might be free of Deshaun Watson but they find themselves in some hot water as one of Watson’s accusers has filed suit against the team because of their involvement in the allegations, and there may be more to follow.
Tony Buzbee says he has filed the first lawsuit against the Houston Texans regarding the allegations against Deshaun Watson. He says there will likely be "many more" to come. pic.twitter.com/kauACqpqoc
— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) June 27, 2022
According to the suit, which was filed Monday, the owner of a massage therapy company called Genuine Touch, which partnered with the Texans, reported to the team in 2020 that Watson was “seeking out an unusually high number of messages from strangers on Instagram.”
Joni Honn, who owns the company, reportedly said that she was concerned that Watson was putting himself in danger of catching COVID or getting sued because of his actions
1 of the 4 women still suing Watson has filed a civil lawsuit filed today against the Houston Texans. I think this is new info about what the Texans knew about Watson: The lawsuit says the owner of the massage business the Texans use complained to the team about Watson's behavior pic.twitter.com/HzKqX1Zegf
— Kalyn Kahler (@kalynkahler) June 27, 2022
This suit backs up what had been reported by the New York Times, that the Texans allegedly knew of Watson’s actions and did nothing to stop it. The Texans also supposedly had a nondisclosure agreement with this company to avoid any conflict.
“Despite this behavior, and after yet another woman questioned Watson’s behavior and threatened to expose Watson on the internet, the Houston Texans organization — rather than investigate and address Watson’s disturbing behavior — instead provided Watson with an NDA to ‘protect himself’ going forward from the random women he was finding on Instagram,” the lawsuit says.
One of the 4 women who has not settled her lawsuit against Deshaun Watson filed today a civil suit against the Houston Texans, citing the NDA and Houstonian membership provided by the team, which we wrote about here: https://t.co/QezN8tUZjk
— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) June 27, 2022
If any of these allegations can be proven out, Watson is not the only one around the NFL who be facing a suspension and serious fines in the future