In fact, the first two words on the Buzbee law firm’s website are “Just Win”. A photo on his Facebook page contains a silver sculpture in the shape of a shark. On Friday, Buzbee displayed his fearlessness, saying that he had sued the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi once and that in that case he had received at least 10 death threats.
He then invited anyone who might have been attacked or harassed by Watson to contact his office.
Hardin has represented his stake in high profile athletes, including defending pitcher Roger Clemens against perjury in 2012 and representing the NFL against Adrian Peterson, who was charged with child molestation in 2014.
Watson’s agent David Mulugheta publicly defended his client on social media posts on Friday.
“Sexual assault is real. Victims should be heard and criminals prosecuted, ”wrote Mulugheta on Twitter. “Individuals often make up stories for financial gain. Their victims should be heard and these offenders should be prosecuted as well. I just hope we keep the same energy with the truth. “
Mulugheta’s post has been criticized on social media for its characterization of the frequency of false claims, which studies have found rare, at a rate of 2 to 10 percent of all reports of sexual assault.
Still, Buzbee’s very public approach to canvassing has raised questions about his strategy. He admitted that “when you make these allegations, the first thing that happens is people say it’s a money robbery.” Like it or not, he added, “People blindly watch sports and don’t believe the victims.”
Kim Gandy, former president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, said Buzbee’s efforts to raise the profile of his cases and invite more victims to move forward could potentially serve to empower every woman.
“Only from history is it very clear that athletes, especially beloved local athletes, get the benefit of the doubt unless the evidence is overwhelming,” said Gandy. “Sad to say you need multiple cases to prove one.”