Deshaun Watson Case Scheduled For February 2022 Deposition
It has recently been revealed that the case against Deshaun Watson could remain ongoing until the early portion of next year. This comes according to the docket of Watson’s case, which states that he cannot be deposed until February of 2022. This means he will not be able to respond to questioning under oath until this time.
Watson is currently being sued for sexual misconduct and assault by 22 women. The avalanche of cases began in March, as the first three women brought their cases against Watson.
The case has just entered the pre-trial discovery phase. In this stage, both parties will accumulate evidence from the other side, along with any other necessary sources. The legal system will no doubt take its time in this instance.
Rusty Hardin, the attorney for the Houston Texans player, made it apparent that the women would be deposed before Watson. They are scheduled to begin deposition in September. Hardin also stated that the quarterback has not talked to any of the accusers about a settlement in this case. Hardin accused Tony Buzbee, the attorney for the women, of attempting a settlement various times. Buzbee has denied this claim.
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Watson was already in conflict with the Texans Organization before the accusations, which no doubt added to the tension. Watson is not attending Houston’s OTAs amid this controversy, as he looks to be traded to another franchise in the future. Watson is still on the Texans’ roster.
The NFL has been looking into the issue separately. The league has not imposed any sanctions on Watson as of yet. Even if he is not found guilty of a charge, the NFL can still choose to impose disciplinary action. No one is really sure what the league has in store for Watson. Only time will tell how this season will play out for the highly touted quarterback.
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