A lawsuit alleging sexual assault has apparently been filed against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Watson says he first became aware of the allegations after attorney Tony Buzbee shared a long post on social media regarding the lawsuit that had been filed by his firm.
"I am extremely proud to represent those who have no perceived power against those who have PERCEIVED power," Buzbee wrote on his Facebook page and Instagram. "Things are changing in this country, in this great state, and in this great city. And I feel like it’s for the better, for all of us! Today we filed suit against Deshaun Watson. Too many times women have put up with behavior that we all know no one should put up with.
"Should we make excuses for the famous? Or those who hold special positions, or quarterbacks on a local professional football team? I don’t think so! All people are equal, and all deserve dignity and respect. My dad was a butcher. My mother drove my school bus and worked in the snack bar. Knowing what I know now: My momma had more dignity in her pinky finger than most executives or coaches or politicians or famous athletes have in their whole bodies! This case we just filed against Watson isn’t about money—it’s about dignity and stopping behavior that should be stopped, NOW!"
According to Fox 26 Houston, Buzbee says that Watson was getting a massage from a female masseuse when he "went too far."
The Texans quarterback took to Twitter to immediately respond to the allegations and categorically state that they are untrue.
"As a result of a social media post by a publicity-seeking plaintiff's lawyer, I recently became aware of a lawsuit that has apparently been filed against me," Watson wrote. "I have not yet seen the complaint, but I know this: I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect.
"The plaintiff's lawyer claims that this isn't about money, but before filing suit he made a baseless six-figure settlement demand, which I quickly rejected. Unlike him, this isn't about money for me — it's about clearing my name, and I look forward to doing that."
The Texans released a statement on the evolving story on Wednesday morning.
One of Watson's teammates apparently texted NFL analyst Benjamin Allbright regarding the allegations, saying that it "would be the most unexpected thing ever if true. I don't believe it no way, no how."
Watson has been the center of attention this offseason for a different reason, as his unhappiness as a member of the Texans has become common knowledge, and trade buzz has followed him every step of the way in determining his future.