Deshaun Watson hasn’t gotten much good news over the last few weeks, but that changed on Friday.
As noted by ProFootballTalk, a Texas judge ruled that one of the women who has accused him of inappropriate behavior must use her real name.
Up to this point, a pseudonym had been used.
“The speed with which the ruling was issued suggests that Hardin’s simple, straightforward argument under the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure reflects an accurate interpretation of the notion that, for adults who file lawsuits, they must use their names so that the defendant has fair notice of the claims being made and the person who is making them,” the report noted.
The attorney representing the women involved in this case, Tony Buzbee, argued that the one woman who has stepped forward under her real name has received 10 death threats for doing so.
Apparently, the judge did not find that claim compelling enough.
Just give LaMelo Rookie of the Year now. https://t.co/jyuEfUi2x4
— Game 7 (@game7__) April 8, 2021
Now it will be interesting to see how this case moves forward. Thus far, up until today, it has been one blow after another for Watson.
A series of troubling text messages and direct messages from Watson emerged earlier this week. Prior to that, one of the accusers made some extremely graphic accusations about him. And before that, arguably the most credible alleged victim in all this offered a detailed retelling of what exactly she had been through.
This ruling is really the first momentum shifter experienced by Watson’s side in a long time.
Is it a sign of things to come? Time will tell.