Deshaun Watson, Bill O’Brien react to superintendent’s racist remarks
Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien and quarterback DeShaun Watson on Wednesday reacted to the controversial remarks by a Texas school district superintendent about the signal-caller that were condemned as profoundly racist in nature.
Lynn Redden, superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District, about 100 miles outside of Houston, blasted Watson over the final play in the Texans’ 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday.
Redden was reacting to an article about the game and posted a comment that read, “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.”
Redden says he immediately deleted the comment after erroneously believing it was a private remark, not a public one, saying, “I totally regret it.”
That expression of regret was not enough for O’Brien, who eviscerated Redden over his original comment.
Bill O’Brien blasts racist comments made by Onalaska ISD superintendent Lynn Redden about @deshaunwatson: pic.twitter.com/Y4PC9NJRBr
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 19, 2018
“I don’t want to waste any time responding to ignorant, idiotic statements,” O’Brien said in part during his Wednesday press conference, via the Houston Chronicle. “Deshaun represents everything that’s right about football and life. It’s amazing that BS exists, but it does.”
Watson, on the other hand, had a more measured reaction to the disparaging and racially charged criticism.
“That’s on him – let peace be with him,” Watson said. “I’m all about love.”
Watson was later asked if he believes Redden should be fired.
“That’s not up to me,” Watson replied. “I only worry about what I can control, and I’m focused on the Giants.”
Onalaska Independent School District has issued a statement of regret over Redden’s comments via its Facebook page, per Houston’s ABC-13. A special school board meeting has been scheduled for Saturday to discuss the matter.