Browns QB Deshaun Watson on reported 26th lawsuit to be filed

Deshaun Watson shared his thoughts with reporters at the Cleveland Browns minicamp on another reported pair of civil lawsuits set to be filed against him,. This will put the total number at 26.

While speaking to the media, the quarterback restated his innocence, saying he never assaulted anyone:

“I never assaulted anyone. I’ve been saying it from the beginning and I’m going to continue to say that.”

When asked if he’s considering any defamation suits since he claims innocence of all allegations, the Cleveland quarterback said:

“I haven’t gotten into any of that. My biggest thing is clearing my name.”


During the same conversation with the media, Watson said his teammates have had his back and supported him:

“Ever since I walked in here from Day 1, these guys (Browns teammates) have rallied around me and supported me.”

He was asked how he’s been doing since the 20+ civil lawsuits were filed against him, and he said that it’s been tough on him:

“It’s been tough. Since I became a Cleveland Brown, I’ve been able to use all the resources this org has and use counseling to make sure my mental is straight. I’m going to continue to do that.”

The former Houston Texans quarterback didn’t mention if he was open to settling the lawsuits now, stating:

“I want to clear my name and be able to let all the facts come out in the court of law.”

The three-time Pro Bowl signal-caller was questioned about the New York Times report that claimed he booked massage appointments with 66 different female massage therapists over a 17-month span.

When asked if that number was right, Watson said that he doesn’t think so:

“I don’t think so. From what me and my attorneys went through. But at the same time, that’s more a legal question that I can’t really get into details about. So, you’ll probably have to ask my attorneys and things like that to confirm.”

Watson and the two new civil lawsuits

The QB at the Cleveland Browns Offseason Workout
The QB at the Cleveland Browns Offseason Workout

Per the news station KPRC 2 in Houston, Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the 24 women with active lawsuits versus Watson claiming sexual misconduct, stated that he expects his law firm to file a 25th lawsuit against the Browns quarterback.


The lawsuit was referred to Buzbee by an Atlanta-based attorney, according to NFL lead insider Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports.

Buzbee also mentioned that the firm has been in contact with a 26th woman who watched two of the plaintiffs give their first national television interviews with HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel and “was compelled to come forward.”

The 26-year-old quarterback also faces a possible suspension by the NFL for violating their personal conduct policy. It’s very likely that Watson might not take a snap under center for the Browns in the 2022 season.

We’ll see how everything plays out as there looks to be no end in sight.

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Edited by John Maxwell