HOUSTON – Two of Houston’s most prominent attorneys exchanged barbs in statements on the Deshaun Watson case.
The Texas quarterback faces nearly two dozen lawsuits from women alleging sexual misconduct. On March 20, attorney Tony Buzbee, representing the women suing Watson, announced affidavits and other evidence would be turned over to the Houston police force for investigation.
However, Buzbee then posted a statement on Instagram indicating that this would not happen. He cited concerns he had raised during his mayoral campaign regarding the direction of the department under former chief Art Acevedo. Although he did not claim favorable treatment, his statement raised the problem that the son of Watson’s lawyer was on the command staff of HPD.
Buzbee later said it was his customers who raised concerns about the family relationship.
“Call it what you want, rookie mistake, tactical mistake, casual mistake, I think it matters,” said KPRC 2 legal analyst Brian Wice.
Wice criticizes Buzbee for failing to go through his original comments.
“Your client’s credibility depends in large part on your credibility. As a lawyer, if you make a promise during the opening speech, you better deliver,” said Wice. “If you make a promise to public opinion at a press conference in your office in front of the court, you have to keep it. Otherwise, people will roll their heads and think, wait a second.”
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, also takes up Buzbee’s comments to cast doubt on the allegations. Hardin also addressed his son’s problem.
“His final excuse for not going to law enforcement is also his most lame. Anyone who has been involved in HPD for many years, like me, would know that Mr Buzbee’s suggestion that the department overlook legitimate complaints due to a family connection of one of its officers is ridiculous, ”Hardin wrote. “I would respectfully suggest that Mr. Buzbee’s failure to prosecute is not based on an unfounded fear that HPD will not investigate fairly. Instead, it is knowing that its parade of anonymous allegations failed to survive the rigorous investigation of trained investigators or the need to confirm the truth of the allegations under oath. “
Buzbee shrugged off the criticism.
“Tony Buzbee may know more than Rusty Hardin when it comes to what’s going on in this case,” said Buzbee. “I’m not saying that complaints are not filed, but that is up to my customers. Also, not every allegation takes place in Houston. Some are said to have occurred in other cities and other states, and it would only be appropriate to file these complaints in those jurisdictions. “
Buzbee continued, “Notice that most of what we have heard from Watson’s camp so far is directed at me. If I was in their shoes, I would focus on building a believable defense instead of continuing to criticize myself. (Twenty-one) women filed lawsuits and made serious allegations. In response, Watson’s camp runs out and finds 18 women who say they were not attacked. Talk about “lame”. “
“I need to make sure that my customers are treated with dignity and respect. In this case, it’s not about Tony Buzbee and Rusty Hardin, ”added Buzbee.
When reviewing KPRC 2 with HPD, we were told that investigators have not yet received any formal explanations. Harris County District Attorney officials said if anything is presented it will be turned over to HPD for investigation.
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