Since his reported request to be traded by the Houston Texans, star QB Deshaun Watson has been under the spotlight for several teams and the media. But that attention doesn't mean it's always good, especially when it comes to lawsuits.
The first sexual misconduct lawsuit came just a little over a month ago when Watson was accused of acting inappropriately on massage therapists. But it didn't stop there, as a total of 22 accusers filed a lawsuit against Watson for sexual misconduct. After weeks of delays by lawyer Tony Buzbee, who is representing most of the accusers, Buzbee was forced to provide the real names of the accusers in order for Watson's legal team to investigate.
NFL: Watson's legal team brings out evidence against accusers
Now Watson's legal team has responded to every accusation possible. In a several-page filing on Monday, Watson's team outlined multiple claims by individual accusers with its own findings on those specific claims. They include how several therapists "bragged" about having a session with Watson and that many looked forward to future sessions with the 3-time Pro Bowler.
According to his legal team, one accuser messaged Watson on several occasions asking how he was doing after a game, even though they stated they felt "violated" after a massage session with the QB.
If the counter arguments are true by Watson's legal team, Buzbee and all the accusers could be hit by a counter-suit from Watson for extortion, falsifying evidence, and defamation. Watson has taken a big hit from this lawsuit and has since been silent in terms of his career.
It's unclear what the next steps are, but submitting evidence will likely be the next move by lawyer Rusty Hardin (representing Watson) to the courts, which could lead to a trial. Buzbee has yet to comment on these counterarguments by Hardin and his team, but those could come in the next few days, or the lawsuit could be dropped.