Plaintiffs suing Deshaun Watson want judge to force him to appear for depositions in May

May 7, 2022

The attorney for the women who are suing Deshaun Watson has asked a Texas judge to force the NFL quarterback to appear for pretrial depositions this month after Watson claimed his new job in Cleveland prevented him from doing so.

The attorney, Tony Buzbee, filed notice last month to take Watson's deposition testimony this month in Houston, where Watson played before being traded recently to the Cleveland Browns.

Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, previously argued Watson has a new “full-time job that requires his presence in Ohio Monday through Friday.” Therefore, Hardin said Watson was not available to testify in depositions in Houston on the dates noticed by the plaintiffs for five days in early May.

Buzbee slammed that notion in his motion Friday to compel Watson's deposition.

“Defendant’s 'work' is throwing a football,” Buzbee’s filing stated. “No doubt that is important work, certainly from his point of view. However, such work is not so critical, vital, or crucial that it prevents him from appearing for deposition within this Court’s scheduling order.”

Source: USA Today (Photo by: Ken Blaze, USA Today Sports)