The Houston Texans have been sued for allegedly permitting former quarterback Deshaun Watson’s behavior during massage therapy sessions.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in Harris County, Texas, accuses the team of knowing about Watson’s alleged behavior during massage therapy sessions, which “people within the Texas organization knew or should have known about.” Watson’s conduct”.
The lawsuit also says the Texans provided Watson with resources to conduct his therapy sessions, including “rooms set up for him at the Houstonian Hotel, massage tables provided to him for private massage sessions, and an NDA provided to him by the leader of the Texans’ Security.”
“We are aware of the lawsuit filed against us today,” the Texans said in a statement Monday. “Since March 2021, we have fully supported and respected law enforcement and the various investigations. We will continue to take the necessary steps to respond to the allegations against our organization.”
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Saturday that Watson’s hearing before disciplinary officer Sue Robinson, jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association, will begin on Tuesday.
Watson faces potential discipline from the NFL, which is independently investigating whether he violated the league’s personal conduct policy after Watson was charged with sexual assault and misconduct during massage sessions.
It was announced last Tuesday that Watson had reached confidential settlements with 20 of the 24 women who have filed civil lawsuits alleging he committed sexual misconduct.
Watson has previously denied any wrongdoing and maintained that any sex with the women was consensual. Two Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson over criminal complaints filed by 10 women.
The Texans traded Watson to the Cleveland Browns in March and signed him to a fully guaranteed, five-year, $230 million contract.