Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson apparently provided every of the primary 22 plaintiffs suing the quarterback for sexual misconduct $100,000 final 12 months, however required an “aggressive” non-disclosure settlement as a part of the provide.
That’s in response to the second web page of the twenty third lawsuit that was filed in opposition to Watson earlier this week.
“After all, we now know that Deshaun Watson provided every Plaintiff $100,000 to settle their circumstances, however not all would settle for that quantity, as a result of aggressive nondisclosure settlement that Watson’s staff proposed,” footnote 2 within the petition filed in opposition to Watson by Nia Smith says.
Earlier this 12 months, a report from The Day by day Beast indicated that at the least one of many accusers was provided the identical six-figure sum however refused to signal the settlement that acknowledged Watson “denies all such claims and legal responsibility, together with the details alleged” by the accuser, and stated the $100,000 fee is supposed to “purchase peace.”
Deshaun Watson throws a move throughout Browns offseason exercises on Wednesday.Getty Photographs
In accordance with Professional Soccer Speak, the footnote additionally appears to be a reference to the Miami Dolphins wanting the circumstances settled earlier than trying to commerce for Watson, who was nonetheless with the Texans on the time. Watson’s legal professional, Rusty Hardin, was additionally lately a visitor on the Gabe Feldman podcast and stated the Dolphins needed the settlements to incorporate NDA language.
Eighteen of the 22 lawsuits have been able to be settled final October, in response to PFT, whereas 4 weren’t. However issues apparently fell aside on the NDA language. Per the report, legal professional Tony Buzbee, who represents the entire plaintiffs, needed NDA language, whereas Hardin and Watson didn’t. Hardin stated to Feldman that the plaintiff’s legal professional didn’t need the general public to know the way little compensation his purchasers could be getting.
Now, as an alternative of getting been settled, 23 civil circumstances stay energetic in opposition to Watson, who continues to await anticipated disciplinary motion from the NFL earlier than subsequent season as properly.