Texans respond to superintendent’s racist Facebook comment about Deshaun Watson

September 20, 2018

Days after a Texas superintendent made an overtly racist comment regarding Deshaun Watson on Facebook in response to a Houston Chronicle story, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien fired back.

“I don’t want to waste any time responding to ignorant, idiotic statements,” O’Brien said, via the Chronicle. “Deshaun represents everything that’s right about football and life. It’s amazing that BS exists, but it does.”

Lynn Redden, superintendent of Onalaska Independent School District, commented Sunday following the Texans’ 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans “that may have been the most inept quarterback decision I’ve seen in the NFL. When you need precision decision making you can’t count on a black quarterback.”

But when you need inept decision making, you apparently can count on Redden.

Redden later told the Chronicle, “I totally regret it,” that he thought he was responding to a private message and he has since deleted the comment. According to the Chronicle, the Onalaska ISD will hold a meeting Saturday to address the comment of Redden, a white male.

Watson, the former Heisman Trophy winner and 12th overall selection in the 2017 draft, got off to a historic start as a rookie prior to tearing his ACL in November. But his return from the injury hasn’t gone as smoothly. Watson has a 3-3 TD-to-turnover ratio and has completed only 59.1 percent of his passes as Houston has started 0-2. His last completion Sunday, a 31-yarder to DeAndre Hopkins in the middle of the field with Houston at its 48-yard line and needing only a field goal to tie, caused the clock to run out before the Texans had time to attempt a would-be game-tying field goal.

Watson was asked Wednesday about the superintendent’s comments.

“That’s on him — let peace be with him,” Watson said. “I’m all about love.”

Added three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, “I don’t think it deserves any attention from any of us. It’s a very ignorant comment that doesn’t deserve any more play. It’s very unfortunate. I trust him (Watson). We all trust him.”

We agree with Watt — Redden’s comment doesn’t deserve more attention. But the admirable and correct responses by the Texans, who could’ve stooped to Redden’s level but instead chose to be the bigger men, should be commended.

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