Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has settled all however 4 of the lawsuits filed in opposition to him, lawyer Tony Buzbee stated in an announcement Tuesday.
Since March 16, 2021, 25 lawsuits have been filed in opposition to Watson, alleging sexual assault and different inappropriate habits throughout therapeutic massage classes. Of these 25, one was dropped by the plaintiff when the decide dominated her petition needed to be amended with her title. The opposite 20, Buzbee stated, have been settled.
“We’re working by way of the paperwork associated to these settlements,” Buzbee stated in an announcement. “As soon as we have now executed so, these specific instances can be dismissed. The phrases and quantities of the settlements are confidential. We cannot remark additional on the settlements or these instances.”
Buzbee famous that Ashley Solis, the primary girl to file a lawsuit in opposition to Watson and the primary to talk publicly and determine herself as a plaintiff, will not be one of many 20 girls to settle.
“… Ashley Solis is without doubt one of the heroes of this story. Her case has not settled and thus her story and that of the opposite three courageous girls will proceed. I sit up for attempting these instances sooner or later, in keeping with different docket obligations and the court docket’s schedule,” he stated.
Though two grand juries in Texas declined to pursue prison expenses in opposition to Watson earlier this 12 months, the NFL is investigating whether or not he violated its code of conduct, and the league interviewed the quarterback in person final month as a part of its investigation. On the league’s spring assembly, commissioner Roger Goodell stated that he thought the NFL was nearing the tip of its investigation however that he could not give a timeline for when a ruling is perhaps made.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy stated Tuesday that, “as we speak’s growth has no affect on the collectively bargained disciplinary course of.”
Buzbee stated in his assertion that with out Solis’ “braveness and willingness to come back ahead, the NFL would not presently be considering self-discipline; there can be no examination of how groups may knowingly or unknowingly allow sure habits; sports activities groups would not be reviewing their personnel screening processes; and this essential story would not have dominated the sports activities headlines for greater than a 12 months.”
The Houston Texans traded Watson to the Browns in March in trade for a package deal that included three first-round draft picks after the primary grand jury introduced it could not indict Watson on prison expenses.
Final week, Watson stated in a information convention that he has no regrets about any of his actions however admitted that he does remorse the affect the allegations have had on the folks round him.
“I do perceive that I do have regrets so far as the affect that [it’s had] on the group and folks exterior of simply myself,” Watson stated. “And that features my household. That features this group. That features my teammates on this locker room that need to reply to those questions. That features the fan base of the Cleveland Browns. That features males, females, everybody throughout the, the world. That is one factor I do remorse is the affect that it is triggered on so many individuals. It is robust to need to take care of.”
ESPN’s Jake Trotter contributed to this report.