Toi Garner v Deshaun Watson Texans Lawsuit Tony Buzbee Massage Therapist Client Is Unlicensed. Because Of That, Case Could Be Tossed From Court.
Well, he’s done it again. Tony Buzbee has filed yet another lawsuit in the matter of now Cleveland Browns Quarterback Deshaun Watson. But this lawsuit has a giant, glaring flaw. One that could see it bounced from court.
In the 42-page document, Buzbee describes his client named Toi Garner as someone who was a “massage therapy student” when she saw Deshawn Watson. While Tony claims that Toi Garner intended to get her license, the fact is she did not have one. Moreover, a search of the Texas License Database shows that there was never a Toi Garner listed as licensed for anything. In addition, a Google search does not even show. a “Toi Garner” listed as a massage therapy specialist.
Moreover, there’s no listing of a Toi Garner anywhere beyond the media posts from the lawsuits. On Facebook, there are three listings for someone named Toi Garner: one of them is greyed out, the other two have no indication that the person was a flight attendant or a massage therapist. And of them, the latest posting was from 2021, and nothing for this year. In short, other than Tony’s written words in a lawsuit, there’s no way to confirm the true existence of a Toi Garner who has the history displayed in the Buzbee lawsuit.
Such a discrepancy can get Tony’s case bounced from court. Moreover, it follows a pattern that brings back the research about so-called massage therapists who are actually giving consensual sex for money. According to Dr. Vanessa Bouché’s work at Texas Christian University, “The Texas Legislature must understand the nature of the illicit massage industry. This industry is not comprised of small, independent businesses operating in isolation. It is a well-networked international criminal syndicate.” Is it possible that Tony Buzbee is unknowingly helping women who are part of such organizations?
Although data on the total numbers of fake massage therapists or illicit massage therapists in Texas is reportedly not available prior to 2016, estimates reveal that in a four-year span from 2016 to 2020, there has been a 100% increase from 510 to 1,082. Moreover, Dr. Bouche reveals that “In order to obtain licenses, IMBs work with fraudulent massage schools, known as “diploma mills,” which offer diplomas for a fee in order for the women to be able to take their licensing exams without ever having received formal training.” That reads like it could describe Toi Garner. But it also could point to a number of Tony’s clients.
In my opinion, Tony is enabling the continued problem of illicit massage therapists in Texas via this flurry of lawsuits. He claims to be helping women, but in reality he’s just allowing the continuation of a big problem. Deshawn Watson is not to blame here, and simply because these reports also show that many of the women voluntarily went back to the NFL Quarterback. This is not to excuse his actions, even though Watson did nothing criminally wrong. But it does point to a possible shakedown of both Watson, and now the Houston Texans.
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