Deshaun Watson responds to racist remark made by Texas superintendent At a Texans news conference Wednesday, Watson said he wasn’t worried about the comments
When you’re a black quarterback in the National Football League, the room for error is smaller, the criticism is louder and racism comes with the job. It’s been that way since Marlin Briscoe took the field for the Broncos in ’68 as the first black quarterback to start in a pro football league. Some things don’t change.
At a news conference Wednesday, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson responded to a racist comment made against him by a Texas superintendent after the Texans’ 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
Lynn Redden, the superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District, came under fire after posting a racist comment on the Facebook page of the Houston Chronicle.
“That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I’ve seen in the NFL,” Redden wrote. “When you need precision decision-making you can’t count on a black quarterback.”
Watson took the high road as he addressed the media, saying he didn’t think much of the comment when he heard about it. Watson added that he’s no stranger to receiving racist remarks, which he deemed as a part of “everyday life” as a black quarterback. Watson has bigger fish to fry, as his Texans are 0-2 and sit at the bottom of the AFC South. Let’s not forget that Watson was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL last season — before his season-ending ACL tear suffered during a November practice.
“That’s on him, may peace be with him,” Watson said of Redden. “I’m worried about me. I’m not worried about what he has to say.”
Redden reportedly regrets making the statement, and he told the Chronicle on Monday, “I wish it had never been posted.” On Tuesday, the Onalaska Independent School District commented on the incident in a since-deleted Facebook post, saying they “don’t condone negative comments or actions against any race.” The OISD added that they would be taking the “appropriate measures” to address the situation.
When asked if he thought Redden should be fired, Watson said:
“That’s not my job. I don’t make that decision.”
“I’m all about love, [so] I don’t focus on [any] of that,” Watson said. “I love all people, and that’s what I focus on. It’s part of life. I can’t control other people and what their beliefs are. I can control what I can control, so I just focus on me, and that’s it.”