Texas school superintendent says "can't count" on black QBs

Texas school superintendent says

Texas school superintendent says "can't count" on black QBs

The Onalaska ISD school board will discuss Superintendent Lynn Redden's contract during a closed meeting Saturday after Redden said "you can't trust a black quarterback" in a Facebook comment this week.

However, another reader, Matt Ericksen, took a screenshot of the exchange and sent the picture to the Chronicle.

Redden raised eyebrows Monday when he left the remark in the Facebook comments section of a Chron.com article about the Texans' 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

"That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I've seen in the National Football League", he wrote. "When you need precision decision-making you can't count on a black quarterback", he wrote, referring to Watson holding the ball for a lengthy amount of time as the clock continued to tick and time eventually expired.

"It's important to make sure terrible words are met with consequences, especially for those in powerful positions with influence", reader Matt Erickson told the newspaper. He said he hopes none of the 1,020 children who go to school in the district saw the post.

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Redden claimed that while he understands how his comment could be viewed as racist, that was not his intention.

The Onalaska educator insisted that the post disparaging black quarterbacks was not meant to be racist. Nevertheless, in a league in which approximately 70 percent of the players are black, only about 20 percent of quarterbacks now listed on depth charts are nonwhite.

The superintendent told Chron.com in an interview 'I totally regret it'.

Redden has since deleted the comment and apologized for what he wrote to the Chronicle. The OISD does not condone negative comments or actions against any race.

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