Watson settles 20 of 24 civil lawsuits

In a statement released this morning, Tony Buzbee announced that 20 of his 24 clients have reached confidential settlements with Cleveland QB Deshaun Watson.

According to a statement released this morning by Tony Buzbee, the lawyer for the 24 women who filed civil lawsuits against Cleveland quarterback Deshaun Watson, confidential settlements have been reached in 20 of those cases.

“We are working through the paperwork related to those settlements,” Buzbee said in a statement. “Once we have done so, those particular cases will be dismissed. The terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential. We won’t comment further on the settlements or those cases.”

Twenty-five lawsuits have been filed against Watson since March 16 of 2021. When a judge ruled that a petition needed to be amended with the name of one of the plaintiffs, she dropped her lawsuit.

Of the four cases remaining, one of them belongs to Ashley Solis. She is the first woman that filed a lawsuit against Watson and spoke publicly about her alleged incident.

“Ashley Solis is one of the heroes of this story. Her case has not settled and thus her story and that of the other three brave women will continue. I look forward to trying these cases in due course, consistent with other docket obligations and the court’s schedule,” Buzbee said.

Throughout this 15-month ordeal, Watson has insisted that he’s innocent and would not seek settlements in order to clear his name. He obviously had a change of heart.

Two grand juries in Texas declined to file criminal charges against Watson earlier this year. This development cleared the way for the Houston Texans to pursue a trade of their start quarterback.

Watson, who led the NFL in passing yards in 2020, sat out the 2021 campaign. In March, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns for a package that included three first-round draft picks.

Watson’s woes don’t end here, though. He still faces the wrath of an investigation by the NFL into whether his actions violated the players’ code-of-conduct policy.

Reports in the past week have indicated that the NFL is expected to hit Watson with a “lengthy suspension.”

Cleveland has resisted trade inquiries for QB Baker Mayfield, presumably due to the unknown about how many games Watson will miss. During the NFL’s spring meeting, commissioner Roger Goodell stated that he couldn’t give a timeline but thought the investigation was nearing the end.

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