Deshaun Watson will not face criminal charges for sexual assault allegations against him in 2021 by multiple massage therapists.
A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, heard the Texas quarterback’s case today and decided not to convict the 26-year-old, who suffered a sane scratch every game last season because of ongoing charges. investigated. He was still paid his full base salary for the season, which amounted to $10 million.
“Today we presented nine criminal complaints for jury review. Beginning at 9 a.m. this morning, we presented evidence for more than six hours for the grand jury to consider, as well as having witnesses available for those to testify before the grand jury,” said prosecutor Johna. Stallings, division chief of adult sex crimes and human trafficking at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. “And the grand jury reviewed all of that evidence and returned nine no bills against Deshaun Watson in relation to these nine criminal complaints. We respect the grand jury’s decision and… end the criminal proceedings in Harris County. ”
Watson has requested a trade before the season begins, and as quarterbacks have begun shifting around the league this week in some big deals, Watson’s name could be back on the board for some. The team was hesitant to sign him while a criminal complaint was filed. against him.
In addition to the nine criminal lawsuits that have been dismissed today, Watson still faces 22 civil lawsuits for inappropriate behavior and sexual assault. He is also awaiting an investigation by the NFL, as he refused to speak with the federation before making a decision on criminal charges and could face disciplinary action from the federation if they find out. see evidence of any wrongdoing.
Watson placed 5th in the recall this morning because of two of the civil cases brought against him. His lawyer speak that he would answer questions in civil lawsuits after the criminal charges were settled, which they are now.