Deshaun Watson expecting uncomfortable conversations at camp

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Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson expects uncomfortable conversations at training camp after the May 25 death of George Floyd sparked protests and activism that he, some of his teammates and others around the NFL joined.

The team has not been together in person since last season because of the pandemic, and so much has changed since then.

“It’s going to be different,” Watson said on a YouTube Live session with Carmelo Anthony on Monday, via WFNZ. “I honestly, right now, today couldn’t tell you exactly how it’s going to be, but it’s definitely going to be a lot of tests for a lot of people, especially for the white teammates. The majority of the players in the NFL are black guys. So for people to walk in that locker room, and the majority of that locker room is black, are the white guys tagging along? Are the coaching staff tagging along? I know coach [Bill] O’Brien already said he’s going to tag along. I know he’s going to take a knee and he said he’s going to support us, regardless of what we say.”

O’Brien became the first — and so far the only — head coach to commit to kneeling with players during the national anthem.

Watson has spoken with O’Brien and executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby about social issues. The quarterback expects Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair to address the team when training camp opens.

“I know whenever we report to camp everyone in that locker room is expecting the owner on day one to come and talk to us and communicate with us, ask us questions, let them know that he’s supporting us, supporting his players,” Watson said. “And if not, there’s gonna be some issues, for sure.”

18 responses to “Deshaun Watson expecting uncomfortable conversations at camp

  1. These days I think most NFL players are 5 year olds. It would be nice to have adult men playing the game.

  2. And why is it that a majority of the players are black? Does that accurately represent society as a whole? Where are the diversity police?

  3. “And if not, there’s gonna be some issues, for sure”

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    Like what kind of issues?….protesting during the national anthem?…..not playing or tanking games?….at this point, just what are you expecting the owner to do to satisfy what your grievances are?

  4. So Deshaun basically just expressed what everyone else has been wondering. If you are white you will be mandated to take a knee to prove you aren’t racist. Thanks Deshaun. At least now we know for a fact why we have been expecting all along. By constantly giving in to the desires of the minority (not as in race, as in not the majority) we have created this environment. Everyone thinks they can dictate to America, to the white people, to the president, to their team mates, to people they work with, etc

  5. It would appear that sports (in this country) have become little more than a stage for the airing of black grievance. As a non-black person, I am sick of it and feel that it’s time to close the door. I don’t care any longer.

  6. imanidiot says:
    July 7, 2020 at 7:28 pm
    It would appear that sports (in this country) have become little more than a stage for the airing of black grievance. As a non-black person, I am sick of it and feel that it’s time to close the door. I don’t care any longer.

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    Good, I think you should take your ball and go home!!!

  7. Good, I think you should take your ball and go home!!!

    Actually, one exclamation point would have been enough. Have a nice day.

  8. The NFL is majority black due to a system put in place which discriminates against white athletes. It’s essentially affirmative action – funnel off the white kids to OL, TE and LB only starting with college recruiting. Plenty of white athletes get screwed over in recruiting every year because of their skin color. Hopefully more white athletes start speaking out against “oppressed” millionaires like the clueless Deshaun Watson and hopefully more fans start connecting the dots that the NFL is manipulated and constructed in a certain way on purpose.

  9. Sounds like Deshaun in more interested in having an interrogation. Prove that you agree with me is not a conversation.

  10. I love it.

    All you BLM bashers who are so uncomfortable with the truth, that you have to bash the facts to fit your narrative.

    The NFL for players is definitely a meritocracy. Regardless of race, the best athletes play(except QB, but even that’s getting better).

    There is no meritocracy for GMs, front offices and head coaches.

    You root for these African American athletes when they’re on your team, but you don’t want to hear their viewpoints because it makes you uncomfortable and doesn’t fit your narrow view. This is just a modern day way of trying to keep others and in fact is a form of mental slavery.

    I’d tell all of you racist to grow a pair, but it’s obvious any self searching comments fall on ignorant minds.

    You don’t like what these athletes have to say, don’t watch. Nobody is stopping you yahoos from not being part of sports, or from being a participant in a healthy society.

  11. Mark Cuban was so right. The death of football is upon us if you continue to let this happen. Bunch of nonsense.

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