After a couple weeks where not much was surfacing in regards to the ongoing lawsuits against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, many started assuming the two sides were working on settlements.
Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing each of the plaintiffs in the 22 lawsuits, spoke with Mark Berman of FOX26 in Houston on Tuesday claiming that is in fact not the case.
Buzbee was quoted as saying a settlement of the cases “is not happening,” and also stated his concerns with how Lisa Friel, the league’s chief investigator regarding matters falling under the umbrella of the Personal Conduct Policy, has handled the investigation.
“Some of the women did not feel like they were being respected by the NFL,” Buzbee said.
The attorney also pointed out that at least four more of his clients would like to speak with the NFL but that he was not sure if he was going to allow this to happen.
“Every time these women recount this situation, they have to relive it.”
While Buzbee could simply be posturing, his statements could also be strategic, as a way to put more pressure on the former Clemson quarterback to settle.