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Black NFL quarterback takes the high road after racist comments by school superintendent

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson responded with class after a school superintendent directed a racist comment toward him online. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

When a school official made a racist comment about black quarterbacks directed toward Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, the media rushed to ask him and his teammates about it.

Watson could have made it a big issue or painted himself as the victim. Instead, he decided to take the high road when asked about the man who posted the offensive remark online, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"That's on him – let peace be with him," Watson said. "I'm all about love."

And that's where it ended.

What did the school official say?

Lynn Redden, the superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District about 85 miles outside Houston, put himself in the middle of controversy with a Facebook post.

"That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I've seen in the NFL," Redden wrote as a comment on an article. "When you need precision decision making you can't count on a black quarterback."

Redden later said that he intended for the comment to be a private message, and that he “regretted posting the comment under a story on the Chron.com Facebook page.”

He also appeared to stand behind the sentiment of the comment, citing the allegedly "limited success" of black quarterbacks throughout NFL history.

The school board plans to address the issue Saturday at a meeting and determine what, if any, action will be taken against Redden.

"But I'm all about love, [so] I don't focus on [any] of that,” Watson said of the situation. “I love all people. And that's what I focus on. ... I can't control other people and what their beliefs are. I can control what I can control, so I just focus on me, and that's it."

Teammates support Watson

Watson's coach and teammates voiced their support for their quarterback, while also saying they didn't want to give too much attention to Redden's racism.

From head coach Bill O'Brien:

"I don't want to waste a lot of time responding to outdated, inaccurate, ignorant, idiotic statements. I’ll just let Deshaun’s proven success on the field, his character off the field speak for itself. He’s one of the greatest guys I’ve coached. He represents everything that's right about football, about life. His teammates respect him, his coaches respect him. In this day and age, it's just amazing that that BS exists, but it does. But we’re moving forward."

Star defensive lineman J.J. Watt also commented.

 "I don't think it deserves any attention from any of us," Watt said. "It's a very ignorant comment that doesn't deserve any more play. It's very unfortunate. I trust him [Watson] a whole lot. We all trust him."

(H/T Los Angeles Times)

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