Dallas Cowboys defensive end J.J. Watt said Wednesday that he is no longer pursuing a lawsuit over dental-binding products sold by the team’s Dental Products Division.
Wooten told the Dallas Morning News that he had no intention of pursuing the lawsuit after receiving an email from a company representative last month saying he had been selected as a dental-part winner in a contest.
“I had no idea they were doing this,” Watt said.
“They sent me a picture of me with the seal and said ‘we’re giving you a prize for the best seal.’
I had no clue.
It’s really unfortunate.”
Watt, who is still a member of the team, said he received a check for $4,000.
He has been active on social media, posting videos of himself holding dental clips and making friends with fans.
“We’ve been able to connect with people through social media,” Watt told the newspaper.
“It’s just unfortunate it happened to be me, but at the end of the day, I’m not going to back down from this fight.”
Watt said he plans to file a lawsuit against the company, the Dallas Cowboys Dental Board and the Dental Society of America.
“My goal is to get it out of their hands,” he said.
The NFL declined to comment.
Watt was one of three players who were arrested in September on charges related to a police raid of the Dallas hotel where he was staying, and charged with assaulting a police officer.
In a statement to the Daily News, the DFLA called the raid an example of a police response that is “unacceptable” and “against the NFL Code of Ethics.”
“The DFLAA is deeply disappointed with the actions of the DBA,” the statement said.
Watt, the Cowboys’ top defensive lineman, said in the statement that he plans on suing the DDA, the NFL and the Dallas police department.
“These actions have tarnished the DBLA’s reputation and tarnished our brand,” Watt wrote.
“The team has apologized to me personally and has offered me a full refund.
I am committed to working through this situation with the team and will remain vigilant as the legal process unfolds.”
Watt’s teammate, DeMarcus Ware, tweeted a picture Wednesday of a photo of him holding dental clip that he and Watt had shared on Instagram in August.
“Huge thanks to @DentalProducts for letting me know about your prize.
The seal is awesome!”
The Cowboys did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Dallas Morning Star first reported Watt’s claim.