During a Wednesday press conference, most of the questions directed at head coach Bill O’Brien are usually about the team’s upcoming opponent.
However, when asked about racist remarks made by an East Texas school superintendent, O’Brien responded with harsh words of his own in defense of his quarterback.
“I don’t want to spend a lot of time responding to outdated, inaccurate, ignorant, idiotic statements,” O’Brien said. “I’ll just let Deshaun’s proven success on the field, his character off the field, speak for itself. He’s one of the greatest guys I’ve ever coached. He represents everything that is right about football, about life. His teammates respect him, this coaching staff respects him.”
On Sunday, Onalaska superintendent Lynn Redden posted a comment on Facebook saying, “You can’t count on a black quarterback,” a statement that has since been deleted.
Watson’s teammates had similar reactions to the story, denouncing the remarks as just “ignorant.”
“You’d think in this day and age, in 2018, you probably wouldn’t be hearing any comments like that, but for whatever reason that’s the world we live in,” Johnathan Joseph said. “Sometimes, that’s just the way it is.”
“I saw a headline,” J.J. Watt said. “That’s all I saw. I don’t think it deserves any attention from any of us. I think it’s a very ignorant comment that doesn’t deserve anymore play than it should get. Very unfortunate, but I trust him. I trust him a whole lot, we all trust him a whole lot. So, I don’t think anybody that speaks like that, should get anymore run than they, they shouldn’t get any run. It’s ridiculous.”
The Texans starting quarterback admits he has experienced racism as a quarterback. His attitude, though, remains upbeat, unaffected by the noise.
“That’s just everyday life, I guess,” Watson said. “But, I’m all about love, so I don’t have none of that. I don’t focus on none of that. I love all people and that’s what I focus on.”
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