Lynn Redden, the superintendent for the Onalaska Independent School District, found himself in some hot water after some racially insensitive comments made about Houston Texas quarterback Deshaun Watson. Redden went online to blast Watson following the Texans’ 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Sept. 16. Watson held onto the ball too long before tossing a pass to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, leaving the team no time to attempt a game-winning field goal.
That led to Redden’s outburst where he said: “you can’t count on a black quarterback.”
“That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I’ve seen in the NFL,” Redden wrote in a since-deleted Facebook comment. “When you need precision decision making you can’t count on a black quarterback.”
After saying he regretted his post, school superintendent Lynn Redden defended the post by questioning the decision making abilities of black quarterbacks:
"Over the history of the NFL, they have had limited success." pic.twitter.com/xDb49YmPCb
— Eric Macramalla (@EricOnSportsLaw) September 18, 2018
Redden spoke with the Houston Chronicle and expressed some remorse for his comments before making another insensitive comment.
“I totally regret it,” Redden said. “I wish it had never been posted.” However, he later added: “Over the history of the NFL, they have had limited success.”
Woof. Sometimes people just can’t help themselves.
— Patrick #VoteBlueToEndThisNightmare (@poodiemuckle) September 18, 2018
Redden’s school district oversees 1,130 students and 175 staffs. Despite the public backlash for his racially insensitive comments, Redden has not faced any discipline for his remarks as of Monday afternoon, the New York Post states. One reader of the Houston Chronicle said that he hopes Redden faces proper punishment for his remarks.
“It’s important to make sure horrible words are met with consequences, especially for those in powerful positions with influence,” reader Matt Erickson told the newspaper.