During his press conference on Thursday, which was mostly about criticizing the NFL for how it treats quarterback Brown’s discipline. Deshawn Watson – although the NFL continues to try to suspend Watson for at least one year – attorney Tony Buzby has given a vague hint at his possible future plans.
Addressing the settlement of claims on behalf of 30 customers against Houston Texans, Buzbee made a point regarding the other party that was not sued. Yes.
“It’s important to note that the NFL was not involved in this settlement,” Buzby said. “They are not part of this release.”
In other words, one or more Buzbee customers can still sue the NFL.
The grounds for any potential litigation are not clear. As for the Texans, the claims mostly stemmed from the team giving Watson a non-disclosure agreement that could be used to secure private massage therapy sessions. Perhaps the Texans knew or should have known that Watson was involved in misconduct and may not have been able to put a stop to it.
There is no evidence (at least not disclosed) that the NFL knew or should have known about Watson’s behavior when it happened. Buzby could have tried to argue that the league was indirectly responsible for Watson because he acted as an NFL quarterback to follow his alleged habit/fetish of giving massages, which he then tried to turn into sexual encounters. In addition, Buzby could allege that the league was negligent, reckless, or intentionally causing emotional distress because of the way the investigation was conducted.
Regardless, his comment hints at possible plans for the future. Whether he intends to file one or more lawsuits or simply hopes to pressure the league to drop the hammer on Watson remains to be seen. Either way, the league is currently trying to throw the hammer at Watson, a fact that Buzbee missed on Thursday.
Tony Buzzby vaguely hints at potential NFL lawsuit originally appeared on Football talk