Lawyer: NFL has not talked with Texans QB Deshaun Watson about sexual misconduct allegations

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The lawyer for Deshaun Watson said during a Wednesday news conference that the NFL has not spoken with the Houston Texans quarterback about multiple allegations of sexual misconduct or assault. 

Twenty-two women have filed civil lawsuits against Watson, who has denied the claims.

Rusty Hardin, Watson's lawyer, also said Wednesday that the QB will cooperate when the league reaches out.

"I welcome the investigation to look into all of it," Hardin said. "We will continue to cooperate. We have cooperated with the Houston Police Department, the FBI and down the road, the NFL. We know that Deshaun has done absolutely nothing wrong."

The NFL confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday that Hardin's comments were accurate and added that the league would be speaking with Watson.

Hardin acknowledged in April that Watson had sometimes engaged in consensual sexual activity during massage sessions, adding that it "has always been about consent."

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson

Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the 22 women who have filed suit against Watson, told a Houston TV station in May that his clients were not settling. USA TODAY Sports reached out to Buzbee's office Wednesday, but he was unavailable.

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Watson has not backed off his request that he would like to be traded from Houston and has shown up for the team's training camp to avoid being fined. 

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