The league’s announcement of their investigation comes after a new civil lawsuit was filed against Watson, accusing the star quarterback of indecent contact on two separate encounters. In a third suit, Watson is accused of coercing a massage therapist into performing a sexual act during a December 2020 appointment.
In a letter to Tony Buzbee, the attorney for Watson’s accuser, NFL special counsel for investigations Lisa Friel confirmed the probe. “I became aware of the lawsuits you filed yesterday, as well as the one you filed this morning, which contain various allegations of misconduct by Houston Texans player Deshaun Watson,” wrote Friel in her letter to Buzbee that he later posted to Instagram. “I am writing to let you know that the League has opened an investigation into these allegations and to request the cooperation of your clients in our investigation. Such cooperation would begin with engaging in Zoom interviews with myself and another League investigator at which, of course, you would be present. Please let me know at your earliest convenience if your clients are willing to assist us with our investigation of their allegations.”
On Thursday, the Houston Texans issued a statement declaring their full cooperation with the NFL as it carries out the investigation. “The NFL informed us today that they will conduct an investigation into the allegations made in the civil lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson,” the team said. “We will stay in close contact with the league as they do. We continue to take this and all matters involving anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously. We do not anticipate making any additional statements until the NFL’s investigation concludes.”