As trade rumors around Deshaun Watson begin to pick back up, more allegations are coming out against the Houston Texans quarterback.
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, told ESPN on Monday that 10 women have now filed complaints with Houston police about Watson, two of which are new complaints that are not part of the 22 civil lawsuits against the quarterback.
“There are a couple of women who we don’t know anything about,” Hardin told ESPN reporter John Barr.
Watson is alleged to have sexually assaulted or engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior during massage sessions.
Hardin confirmed he knew the names of the 10 women who filed the criminal complaints but would not provide their names while talking to ESPN.
Houston police did not comment when reached by ESPN.
“We’re fully cooperating with the police,” Hardin said. “We’re fully cooperating with the District Attorney’s office and, when the criminal investigation is over we’ll fully cooperate with the NFL.”
The NFL has yet to interview Watson, who reported to Texans training camp on Sunday, although Hardin stated that is typical in ongoing criminal cases.
“We’ve made it clear to the NFL that we’ll totally cooperate with them when they’re ready to visit with us,” Hardin said. “but they, out of deference to the criminal investigation, always try to wait until that’s completed before they try to talk to the accused person.”
Tony Buzbee, the attorney for the 22 civil cases against Watson, released a statement to ESPN on Monday that “almost half” the women he represents have given sworn statements to police and spoken with the NFL’s investigative team.
Earlier on Monday, it was reported that the Texans were willing to listen to offers for Watson starting with at least three first-round draft picks.
Until the NFL investigation is wrapped up, though, it is unclear when Watson will play and what discipline he may face before returning to the field.
Hardin believes teams would still make a move for Watson.
“Teams are ready to jump now if the Texans would trade with them, even while all this is pending,” Hardin said. “There’s no question that teams, numerous teams, are still interested. The ball is in the Texans’ court.”