Texans QB Deshaun Watson is not going to face felony costs
Deshaun Watson is not going to face felony costs for sexual assault allegations made towards him in 2021 by a number of therapeutic massage therapists.
A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, heard the Texans quarterback’s case right now and selected to not indict the 26-year-old, who was a wholesome scratch each recreation final season because the allegations have been underneath investigation. He was nonetheless paid his complete base wage for the season, amounting to upwards of $10 million.
“At the moment we offered 9 felony complaints for consideration by the grand jury. Starting at 9 o’clock this morning, we offered proof for over six hours for the grand jury to contemplate, in addition to having witnesses out there for these individuals to testify in entrance of the grand jury,” stated prosecutor Johna Stallings, division chief of grownup intercourse crimes and trafficking on the Harris County District Legal professional’s Workplace. “And the grand jury thought-about all of that proof and returned 9 no payments towards Deshaun Watson involving these 9 felony complaints. We respect the grand jury’s determination and … conclude the felony proceedings in Harris County.”
Watson had requested a commerce earlier than the season started, and as quarterbacks have began getting shifted across the league this week in some main trades, Watson’s title could also be again on the desk for a number of groups who have been hesitant to signal him whereas there have been felony complaints lodged towards him.
Except for the 9 felony complaints that have been dismissed right now, Watson nonetheless faces 22 civil lawsuits for inappropriate habits and sexual assault. He additionally awaits an NFL investigation, as he refused to talk to the league earlier than a call was made on the felony costs, and will face disciplinary motion from the league if it finds proof of any wrongdoing.
Watson took the fifth throughout a deposition this morning for 2 of the civil instances towards him. His lawyer said that he would reply questions within the civil fits after the felony costs had been resolved, which they now are.