HOUSTON — On Monday, a Harris County judge ruled that Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson could be impeached in nine of 22 civil cases against him for allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior during massages.
The nine women for whom Watson could be questioned under oath have not filed a criminal complaint against Watson and have all given their statements in the cases.
Monday’s hearing was held after Watson’s attorney, Rusty Harden, filed a request to delay Watson’s testimony beyond April 1. Hardin argued at the hearing that by postponing Watson’s testimony – which was originally permitted this week – he would allow Watson to be allowed. Legal team to take affidavits for all 22 women who have filed civil suits.
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Perhaps most interestingly, he also said that he believes the Harris County District Attorney will decide by April 1 whether Watson will be criminally charged.
Of course, Watson’s legal status is closely watched by teams around the NFL who are interested in trading the 26-year-old quarterback.
Over a year ago, Watson requested a trade from Texas because he didn’t like the direction of the franchise after the McNair family hired general manager Nick Caserio. As a result, Watson did not play a significant role with the Texans last season – although he was on the active roster.
While there was a conversation with the Miami Dolphins ahead of the November trade deadline, the 22 civil suits eventually stood in the way of the trade taking place.
Texans can agree to a trade for Watson at any time, but it cannot be made official until the start of the new league year at 4 p.m. EST on March 16.
Unless Watson and 22 plaintiffs settle their civil lawsuits, a pre-trial conference is scheduled for early May, according to court documents. If the criminal investigation is completed by April 1, it will provide more clarity to teams interested in trading the quarterback before the draft (April 28-30) – vital for any deal that includes draft picks.
While Judge Rabih Collier’s ruling is important in civil lawsuits proceedings, Harden’s belief that the criminal investigation will be concluded “in weeks, not months” may provide a clarification of the difference over whether Watson will trade in the off-season. .