Deshaun Watson accusers set for HBO interview

HOUSTON — After three days of questioning as part of what attorney Rusty Hardin called a “very detailed and aggressive investigation,” Deshaun Watson’s meetings with NFL may not be over.

Hardin told Yahoo Sports that the Cleveland Browns quarterback may have to sit for another day of questions at some point soon as the league’s investigation nears a conclusion. Watson’s meetings with NFL representatives began in Houston on Monday and went through Wednesday, delving into the 22 civil suits pending against him in which women allege a range of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.

The interview unfolded on the precipice of several of Watson’s accusers preparing to go public in a joint interview with HBO’s Real Sports, which is set to air next week. Several women with pending civil suits have also met with the NFL. A league source told Yahoo Sports on Friday that investigators may seek additional interviews with those plaintiffs before making a decision on their findings.

Hardin declined to share details or characterize how the meetings with the NFL concluded, but said Watson was focused on cooperating with investigators and proving that he’s innocent of the allegations made in the suits and did nothing to violate the league’s personal conduct policy during his interactions with his 22 accusers.

“Deshaun has and will continue to fully cooperate with the NFL in what is clearly a very detailed and aggressive investigation,” Hardin said. “He has voluntarily answered every single question over a long and tedious three days, and there may be another day as well in the near future. The investigators were very prepared, have obviously done a great deal of research and work on the case and Deshaun has been incredibly forthcoming and honest with them.

“The NFL investigation continues and the time frame for its conclusion is up to them. We in turn intend to continue to cooperate as we seek to show them and everyone else that Deshaun never acted…


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