And the plot thickens.
On Wednesday, Houston area attorney Tony Buzbee filed lawsuits on behalf of two clients accusing Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault. On Thursday, he filed a third on behalf of another client.
This third suit alleges the former Clemson quarterback forced the plaintiff to perform oral sex in December 2020.
Whether one is to believe the allegations or not, at the very least the timing of the suits are conspicuous. Watson is embroiled in the middle of a public relations war with the Houston franchise and has asked to be traded.
One allegation would cause any potential suitors to take pause. A second, and now third, absolutely hurt his value on the market.
Any potential suitors would have to be wary of any discipline that could possibly be forthcoming. Depending on what happens, the league itself could step in and hand down a suspension. On the other end of the spectrum teams have to at least consider the possibility of criminal charges in the future.
Any team thinking of attempting to trade for Watson now has to worry about how they justify sending significant assets to Houston without knowing how these claims will turn out.