Browns’ Deshaun Watson Scheduled To Give Deposition In Civil Lawsuit
Apr 9, 2023, 12:04 PM
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AP – As Deshaun Watson prepares for his second season with Cleveland, his legal troubles in Houston linger.
The Browns quarterback is scheduled to give a deposition on Monday in one of the two remaining civil lawsuits filed against him for sexual misconduct.
According to court documents filed in Harris County, Texas, Watson was asked to provide records of any communication between him and the plaintiff — identified as “Jane Doe” — from December 2020 to January 2021.
Deshaun Watson is scheduled to be questioned under oath on Monday in one of the two remaining sexual misconduct lawsuits still pending against him. https://t.co/tsfdGH3ROH
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 9, 2023
Watson previously settled lawsuits with two dozen women who accused him of being sexually inappropriate during massage therapy sessions while he played for the Texans. Two separate grand juries in Texas declined to indict Watson on criminal charges last year.
In the lawsuit in which Watson is being deposed, the woman alleges the quarterback pressured her into oral sex.
The NFL suspended Watson for 11 games last season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The Browns traded for the three-time Pro Bowler in March 2022 despite his legal entanglement, getting him to change his mind and agree to join Cleveland after they offered him a fully guaranteed $230 million contract.
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Watson went 3-3 and showed signs of rust in his six starts last season after the suspension ended. He’s been working out near his home in Houston during this offseason.
The NFL and #Browns QB Deshaun Watson have struck a deal on a disciplinary settlement. As part of it, he’ll be suspended 11 games and pay $5M.
Watson is slated to return in Week 13 against the #Texans. pic.twitter.com/u2Xe7KA0H9
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 18, 2022
The Browns begin their offseason program on April 17.