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During the Deshaun Watson investigation, women were enraged by questioning from NFL investigators.

In a piece published Friday by Sports Illustrated, two women expressed their displeasure with some of the tactics used by NFL investigators during their interviews with them over their interaction with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Ashley Solis told SI that NFL investigators asked her what she was wearing while working with Watson, which “honestly pissed me off.” In her lawsuit, Solis detailed incidences of Watson’s sexual misbehavior, including his putting his penis in her palm.
“She said that that’s something she has to ask,” Solis told SI. “I don’t believe it at all.”
Former prosecutors Lisa Friel and Jennifer Gaffney, who now lead the NFL’s personal-conduct policy investigators, were the ones who spoke with Solis, Lauren Baxley, and the other eight women who have filed a lawsuit against Watson.
Watson has disputed the claims through his attorney, Rusty Hardin.
According to Baxley, the NFL investigators’ approach of questioning was “patronizing” and “victim-blaming.”
She described her interview with the Houston Police Department as “extremely respectful and trauma-informed.” Solis and Baxley were both implicated in the case at a news conference in April.
SI stated they agreed to an interview last week, despite Watson’s continued presence on the Texans’ roster.
Watson has donned the team’s uniform, but has yet to participate in any of the team’s sessions.
His participation in the league is said to be “unrestricted.”
He is still subject to the NFL’s personal conduct policy, which permits commissioner Roger Goodell to intervene and potentially penalize players who break the league’s standards even if no official criminal charges have been brought.
Buzbee told SI that Solis and Baxley wanted to speak with the NFL because they wanted to hear “unfiltered testimonies directly from them.” He also stated that after his first three clients were interviewed, he was there for the fourth to “re-set the tone,” and that further interviews have gone better, SI reported.
According to ESPN’s Kimberley A. Smith, the NFL
The NFL said the evaluation of the “serious allegations” against Watson “remains ongoing and active,” adding that “we are working constructively with the Houston Police Department and ensuring that the NFL’s probe does not interfere with their investigation.” Martin said on Friday that “no change to [Watson’s] status as the investigations by the Houston Police Department and the league continue.”

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Plaintiffs in the Deshaun Watson case slam the NFL’s inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct.

Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for the Houston Texans, is the subject of an NFL investigation as he faces 22 civil lawsuits alleging various acts of sexual assault, and two of his plaintiffs have gone public with their stories.
Licensed massage therapists Ashley Solis and Lauren Baxley come up about Watson’s alleged misbehavior in detail in Jenny Vrentas’ Sports Illustrated cover story on Friday, and were scathing of how the NFL is handling its investigation.
Baxley’s depiction of her interactions with NFL personal conduct investigators Lisa Friel and Jennifer Gaffney paints a negative picture of the league.
As compared to the Houston Police Department, Baxley believes they fell short in their questioning: “My forensic interview [with HPD] was highly polite and trauma-informed.”
They let me talk without interruption, whereas Lisa Friel and the [other NFL investigator] cut me off, questioned things, and circled around.
[…] Attempting to catch me off guard
They didn’t, but they were seeking for flaws that they could exploit.” As for Solis, she was enraged that one of the things the NFL asked her regarding her massage sessions with Watson was about her clothes.
The inference was that Solis was dressed provocatively, but Vrentas cut to the chase with Solis’ genuine response: “I wear what I always wear when I massage: yoga pants and a T-shirt.” Solis also claimed that the league was “taking a statement” against women and sexual assault survivors by allowing Watson to participate in Texans practices.
“Watson is entitled to a fair trial.”
But, the NFL and Roger Goodell have let me down.
“And by choosing inaction, they have failed the other women,” Solis continued.
Both Solis and Baxley have faced various sorts of trauma and heckling since coming forward publicly.
Solis said her private studio apartment was broken into not long after she first went forward with her charges against Watson at a news conference in April, and Baxley’s therapist diagnosed her with complex PTSD.
Although Watson reported to the Texans training camp to avoid being penalized, it was more to avoid being fined than to actually participate.
Watson requested a trade out of Houston prior to the flood of allegations brought against him, but his career remains in jeopardy until the NFL conducts its investigation.