“As with any allegation, the Houston Police Department is currently investigating and will not make any further comments during the investigation process,” the department said in a statement. He did not specify what Watson was accused of in the complaint.
Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin said in a statement Friday that he and Watson “would cooperate fully with the Houston Police Department.”
“We welcome this long overdue development,” said Hardin. “We will now learn the identity of at least one accuser. We will cooperate fully with the Houston Police Department.
Watson is currently facing 21 civil lawsuits for sexual assault and inappropriate behavior, brought by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee.
Buzbee posted on Instagram Tuesday night that he did not feel comfortable going to the Houston Police Department with information and that he and his clients “will go elsewhere to provide our evidence to investigating authorities. “.
Watson has publicly denied any wrongdoing, and Hardin said last week that he believed “any allegation that Deshaun forced a woman to commit a sexual act is completely false.”
Hardin on Wednesday released statements from 18 women who say they worked with the Texas quarterback and “never made them feel uncomfortable or demanded anything outside of a professional massage.” . Watson’s attorney said the statements were voluntary and came from women who have collectively “worked with Deshaun more than 130 times in the past five years.”
The NFL said in a statement Friday that it “continues to monitor all developments” regarding the league’s personal conduct policy, and the Texans said in a statement that they will remain in close contact with the NFL during its investigation. .
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said on Tuesday that the union would also be monitoring the situation.
“We are monitoring these cases, and if this results in a league investigation in regards to the personal conduct policy, we will get involved in that,” Smith said in an interview with the Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin show. of ESPN. “Other than that – you know, historically, I don’t comment on open business – but we continue to monitor it as it could impact this young man and personal conduct policy.