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Another lawsuit filed against Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, bringing total to 22

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HOUSTON — Another lawsuit has been filed against Deshaun Watson, this one alleging the Houston Texans quarterback assaulted a licensed aesthetician “by touching her with his penis and exposing himself.”

The lawsuit, filed Friday night and made available on the Harris County District Clerk’s website on Monday, says “Watson’s behavior is part of a disturbing and escalating pattern,” was the 22nd filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee since March 16.

The plaintiff alleges Watson “grabbed” her buttocks during the massage while his “penis was erect … and completely exposed.” The lawsuit alleges Watson told the massage therapist she had to sign a non-disclosure agreement before he would pay her for the massage.

The lawsuit says, “based on publicly available information, in a short time frame … Watson used more than fifty different women for massages” and alleges that “Watson selected all of these women via social media, mostly through Instagram and through SnapChat.” However, some of the lawsuits filed by Buzzbee reference Watson booking a massage through a spa or through another referral.

Buzbee also has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday where he says he “will address important and significant developments in the Deshaun Watson case.”

Along with the 22 women who have filed lawsuits against Watson, 18 women released statements through Rusty Hardin, Watson’s lawyer, saying they have worked with the Texans quarterback and that he “never made them feel uncomfortable or demanded anything outside the scope of a professional massage.” Watson’s attorney said the statements were voluntary and from women who have collectively “worked with Deshaun more than 130 times over the past five years.”

It is not known whether the additional 10 women Buzbee is referring to are other women he has talked through this process.

On Friday, the Houston Police Department said in a statement that it has launched an investigation concerning Watson after a complainant filed a report.

“As with any allegation, the Houston Police Department is now conducting an investigation and will not comment further during the investigative process,” the department said in a statement. It did not specify what Watson is being accused of in the complaint.

Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement later on Friday that he and Watson will “fully cooperate with the Houston Police Department.”

“We welcome this long overdue development,” Hardin said. “Now we will learn the identity of at least one accuser. We will fully cooperate with the Houston Police Department.”

Buzbee, in a statement Friday, said he wasn’t personally involved in filing the report with police. He wrote on Instagram earlier this week that he didn’t feel comfortable going to the Houston Police Department with any information and that he and his clients “will go elsewhere to provide our evidence to investigative authorities.”

Watson has publicly denied any wrongdoing, and Hardin said last week that he believes “any allegation that Deshaun forced a woman to commit a sexual act is completely false.”

The NFL said in a statement Friday that it is “continuing to monitor all developments” pertaining to the league’s personal conduct policy, and the Texans said in a statement that they would stay in close contact with the NFL during its investigation.

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Detroit Lions sign ‘Lance Chance U’ RB Rakeem Boyd as undrafted free agent

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The Detroit Lions announced Monday that they’ve agreed to terms with 13 undrafted free agents, including Rakeem Boyd, whose name may ring a bell for football fans.

Not only was Boyd a star running back at Arkansas, he also starred in Season 3 of Netflix’s “Last Chance U” docuseries.

“Swear ima make em pay.. been in this position before,” Boyd tweeted Saturday.

Boyd fits the mold of tough-nosed players that the new regime added during this year’s draft class. In 2018 and 2019, he led Arkansas in rushing before opting out of the end of the 2020 regular season to focus on the NFL draft.

As a junior, he rushed for 1,133 yards with eight touchdowns in 12 games.

He entered the national spotlight on the “Last Chance U” Netflix series during his stint at Independence Community College in Kansas where he rejuvenated his career after transferring out of Texas A&M due to early academic issues.

By 2020, Boyd would clean up his act to finish his Arkansas career averaging 5.81 yards per rush, which was sixth-highest in school history.

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New England Patriots decline RB Sony Michel’s fifth-year option, pick up Isaiah Wynn’s, sources say

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The New England Patriots declined the fifth-year option on running back Sony Michel‘s rookie contract while exercising the option on offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn‘s deal, sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Monday was the deadline for teams to exercise the options for players selected in the first round of the 2018 draft. If exercised, those players’ 2022 base salaries become fully guaranteed.

The Patriots selected Wynn and Michel, both teammates at the University of Georgia, with the 23rd and 31st picks respectively in the 2018 draft.

Michel has rushed for 2,292 yards and 14 touchdowns in three seasons with the Patriots. He also has 26 receptions for 258 yards and a touchdown. Although he rushed for more than 900 yards in each of his first two seasons, he appeared in just nine games last season after spending time on injured reserve with a quad injury suffered in September of last season. He finished with 449 yards and a touchdown, while averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

The Patriots would have owed Michel a base salary of approximately $4.5 million per Over The Cap, fully guaranteed, in 2022 if they had exercised his option.

Wynn missed his rookie season in 2018 after tearing his ACL in the preseason. Injuries have limited him to 18 games (all starts) total at left tackle the past two seasons.

By having his option exercised, Wynn will be paid a base salary of $10.4 million, fully guaranteed, in 2022.

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Cleveland Browns sign Malik McDowell, ex-Seattle Seahawks 2nd-round pick yet to play in NFL

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The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent defensive tackle Malik McDowell, who is attempting an NFL comeback following a series of injuries and off-field issues.

The 2017 second-round pick out of Michigan State was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, but never played for the team after suffering a head injury in an ATV accident and was ultimately released.

McDowell also was sentenced to 11 months in jail and three years of probation after pleading guilty in 2019 to a series of crimes in Michigan. He was charged with assault, resisting arrest and operating a vehicle while intoxicated after an incident in which he fought with two officers after a DUI stop. Then he was found in possession of a stolen truck, which led to a charge of receiving and concealing stolen property. As part of McDowell’s sentencing in Oakland County (Michigan), a judge ordered him to write four essays on finding meaning in life other than committing crimes, the importance of respecting the rule of law, the principles of the Declaration of Independence and how his behavior undermined them, and the importance of respecting property rights.

Browns general manager Andrew Berry said the team did “extensive work” on McDowell before signing him.

“We are certainly aware of Malik’s past,” Berry said in a statement. “He is accountable for his actions and has had to live with the consequences for decisions earlier in his life. We believe Malik is in a good place, personally and medically. He has taken the necessary steps to get on a healthy path, and has learned from his experiences. Malik understands the expectations we have of him as he attempts to make our football team. He is committed to taking advantage of the support network in place to become the best version of himself — both on and off the field — and we will support him as he attempts to make his return to football.”

McDowell was an All-Big Ten performer for the Spartans.

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