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How Watson and Hardin flipped the script on everything we thought we knew

Deshaun Watson and his attorney Rusty Hardin have turned conventional wisdom on its head by fighting against NDAs. This week, we discuss how the move could stand to benefit Deshaun Watson and react to Mike Florio's take on what's really going on from a legal standpoint.

Florio believes that Hardin has a good reason for their unusual request to have the financial terms of a possible settlement disclosed to the public. Typically, a lawyer in Hardin's position would not want the terms of the settlement to become public. In many cases, people find out about big payouts and want to get a piece of the action by filing their own lawsuits whether their claims are legitimate or not.

So Watson's camp must not be worried about that becoming a problem. Which makes Florio think the payouts being discussed with these cases must not be as much as many people anticipated, and could cause the public to view Deshaun in a more favorable light. The thought being, what he did must not have been that bad because Watson's accusers are willing to take such a small amount of money. Therefore, Watson's side wants people to know he didn't pay out big money, and they aren't trying to keep the alleged victims from speaking out by making them sign NDAs. They seem to be at least be consistent in their stance that they have nothing to hide.

And conversely, if the size of the payouts were kept quiet, people would assume big checks were being scratched by Watson to protect his image. Quite the move by Rusty Hardin if you think about it. Rusty Hardin's bold strategy has Florio thinking Watson's camp is very confident about their case.

Be sure to check out the video above to find out if we're buying what Florio is selling.

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