The Grand jury for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson’s sexual assault case reached a verdict Friday afternoon. Watson was found not guilty in the nine sexual assault accusations against him.
Reporter Molly Baker Cuculich tweeted the news shortly after the announcement was made.
Grand jury does not find enough to criminally charge DeShaun Watson. Nine accusations- none were found to be criminal.
— Molly Baker Cuculich (@MollyCuculich) March 11, 2022
The prosecutor at the Texans quarterback’s criminal proceedings in Harris County announced the grand jury’s decision shortly after 4:30 p.m. EST. NY Times sports reporter Jenny Vrentas tweeted that the jury returned nine no bills on the nine criminal complaints against Watson.
Grand jury returned nine no bills on the nine criminal complaints presented. Prosecutor says this concludes criminal proceedings in Harris County.
— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) March 11, 2022
22 lawsuits have been filed against Watson since March 16, 2021.
The Texans quarterback made an appearance in the courtroom Friday, along with eight of the women who filed criminal complaints against him.
Within the final days of his court hearings, other quarterbacks throughout the NFL have made huge moves. Russell Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos, Aaron Rodgers signed a new contract with the Green Bay Packers, and Carson Wentz is headed to the Washington Commanders.
The 26-year-old is one of the most talented quarterbacks on the market, and there are still a lot of teams that need to find their play-caller for next season.
Despite the legal baggage, Watson’s name has remained in the mix as a potential starting quarterback this offseason. Rumor has it that the Texans quarterback could be headed to the Seattle Seahawks to fill the vacancy left behind by Wilson.