ZMI ALPHA:Deshaun Watson responds to sexual assault lawsuit, focused on clearing his name

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ZMI ALPHA:Deshaun Watson responds to sexual assault lawsuit, focused on clearing his name

Deshaun Watson is denying allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman during a massage.

The Texans quarterback responded late Tuesday to a social media post in which Tony Buzbee, a Houston lawyer, said a suit had been filed against Watson. The attorney’s wording, which came off as vague, didn’t specifically mention sexual assault or misconduct.

Houston’s Fox26 reports that the sexual assault suit is being filed on behalf of a masseuse who claimed a massage with Watson “went too far.”

Watson posted his response late Tuesday night, saying he’s focused on “clearing his name:”

As a result of a social media post by a publicity-seeking plaintiff’s lawyer, I recently became aware of a lawsuit that has apparently been filed against me. I have not yet seen the complaint, but I know this: I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect. The plaintiff’s lawyer claims that this isn’t about money, but before filing suit he made a baseless six-figure settlement demand, which I quickly rejected. Unlike him, this isn’t about money for me — it’s about clearing my name, and I look forward to doing that. 

Buzbee, a well-known Houston-based lawyer, has been involved in several lawsuits in the area and once said he was a “neighbor” to deceased former Texans owner Bob McNair.

Buzbee is also a failed Houston mayoral candidate, attempting to run against incumbent Mayor Sylvester Turner but falling drastically short in 2019.

Watson, 25, is in the midst of a messy divorce with the Texans organization, with reports indicating that he doesn’t plan to play with the franchise again.

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