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Texas superintendent posts racist remarks about Texans QB Deshaun Watson on Facebook

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson pauses on the field after time ran out in the fourth quarter and the Texans’ final drive ended in an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 20-17.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson pauses on the field after time ran out in the fourth quarter and the Texans’ final drive ended in an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 20-17. AP

Apparently, Deshaun Watson’s inaccuracy brings out the racism in some folks.

The Houston Texans quarterback tossed an incomplete pass on the final play of his team’s 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Sunday. The errant throw left the Texans without any time to attempt a last-second, game-tying field goal.

So Lynn Redden, the superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District in Huntsville, Texas, produced a disproportionate response.

“That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I’ve seen in the NFL,” Redden wrote in a Facebook post supporting a Houston Chronicle article about the game. “When you need precision decision-making, you can’t count on a black quarterback.”

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He deleted the post shortly thereafter and explained to the Chronicle that he did not know the post would be public. But he did also apologize for the remarks.

Redden has not yet faced any discipline from a professional standpoint.

He also told the Chronicle that he understands how some people might consider his remarks to be racist.

However, Redden wanted to clarify that his comments were referring to the production of black quarterbacks in the league.

“Over the history of the NFL, they have had limited success,” he told the Chronicle.

Watson missed most of his first season in the NFL recovering from major knee surgery. Nine games into his career (eight starts), the quarterback has completed 61 percent of his pass attempts.

In Watson’s rookie year, the Texans’ offensive line also ranked dead last, according to metrics used by Pro Football Focus.

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