The NFL has informed the Houston Texans that an investigation is being launched into the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against star quarterback Deshaun Watson, according to officials with the franchise.
“The NFL informed us today that they will conduct an investigation into the allegations made in the civil lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson. We will stay in close contact with the league as they do,” a spokesperson for the Texans said in an email, via NBC News.
“We continue to take this and all matters involving anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously. We do not anticipate making any additional statements until the NFL’s investigation concludes.”
The investigation is falling under the league’s personal conduct policy.
At this point, there’s so much still up in the air with this story. On one hand, the mounting accusations don’t look good for Watson. But on the other, some of the evidence presented thus far has been somewhat questionable.
Tony Buzbee, the Houston attorney representing the various women accusing Watson of sexual misconduct, is holding a press conference on Friday to release new information. It is set to take place at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 CT) and will be streamed on Facebook, according to Buzbee.
Maybe that will shed some more light on the situation at hand, but make no mistake, the NFL will have its own process of determining the facts.
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