Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is being investigated by police amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour and sexual assault.
Watson, 25, is the subject of 21 civil lawsuits from female masseuses accusing him of assault or sexual misconduct.
On Friday, Houston Police said it had received a formal report from one complainant and is now investigating.
Watson has denied any wrongdoing and his lawyer said he welcomed the launch of the “long overdue” investigation.
“I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect,” Watson said in a statement released in Marchexternal-link, before going on to allege one of the women was attempting to extort money from him.