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Dabo Swinney answered questions on Monday about his former quarterback. (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

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Dabo Swinney responds to Deshaun Watson sexual assault allegations

CLEMSON — Six more lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate conduct were filed on Monday against Deshaun Watson.

The former Clemson quarterback now has 13 lawsuits filed against him, all by the same Houston attorney, Tony Buzbee.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the situation at his Monday media availability.

“Certainly disappointed to see his name in the news,” Swinney said. “I love Deshaun Watson. He is like a son to me. That’s how I love him. As far as the legal stuff, it will take its course. I can’t speculate or comment on that stuff. I have known Deshaun since the 9th grade. He has been nothing but exemplary since he has been here.”

One of the lawsuits filed on Monday accuses the Houston Texans quarterback of assaulting a massage therapist in March 2021.

Watson led Clemson to its second national championship in school history, winning the 2017 College Football Playoff against Alabama. He was a two-time finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

“Three years here as a player, I think I had the chance to yell at him one time,” Swinney said. “He was five minutes late to a team meeting. He overslept for it, and that’s it. That’s the Deshaun I know. I can only base my thoughts on my experiences with him. I love him like a son. We’ll just have to see where everything else goes from here.”

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