In the aftermath of the Jonathan Martin situation in Miami, former Eagles offensive lineman Shawn Andrews said he was “disgusted” by the treatment he received from former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.
McNabb apparently is disgusted by Andrews’ disgust.
“Unbelievable, man. Unbelievable,” McNabb said on his NBC Sports Radio show, via Philly.com. “You know what? When my name gets brought up, it’s a lightning rod. And for me and this whole bullying situation, right now, it’s a sensitive topic, and one that, that I don’t agree with.
“For everything that I’ve been questioned for in Philadelphia, and then now you come out and say, you point the finger directly at me, like I’m the one that’s ruined your career?”
Andrews originally addressed the situation on November 8 with 97.5 The Fanatic. Earlier this week, he elaborated in an interview with Sync Weekly.
“I just felt like I was in a living hell,” said Andrews, who also claimed McNabb and other Eagles spread rumors that Andrews is gay.
“I could be sitting in the players’ lounge with a group, having some laughs, and he’d get his say in so the attention can shift,” Andrews said of McNabb. “He was the type of person that had everything in the world he could want, but that still wasn’t enough. He wanted the attention on him. There was a whole lot of that behavior. He wasn’t just that way with me. I’m thinking, ‘Every day I strap on my shoulder pads and helmet, I’m here to protect you.'”
Andrews said the rumors of his sexuality were so strong that he showered alone in order to avoid suspicions that he was ogling his teammates.
“If you want to question someone, I’d see guys in the shower talking face to face,” Andrews said. “If you want to go further, I’ve even seen a teammate piss on another teammate. They think it’s funny. They are having a conversation and the whole time one guy is peeing on him and the other doesn’t even know. This is the stuff that goes on, and I am the one having to defend myself. There were a lot of immature dudes on the team.”
Apparently, there are a lot of immature dudes in the league. Some surely see it as one of the benefits of playing a sport for a living. And that’s fine, as long as they respect their teammates and, more important, the non-players with whom they interact while at work.