Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Sorting out the incident at Schaub's house
By Tania Ganguli
If you've been following the story of the angry fan showing up at Matt Schaub's house, you are likely confused. Allow me to unravel the web.
SportsRadio 610 initially reported that one fan "told him off" at his home and another took pictures. They added it was believed that Schaub and the Texans contacted NFL security, which then contacted Houston police.
That report led to the Houston Police Department fielding several calls from reporters wanting to know about the "group" of angry fans at Schaub's house, which isn't what the initial report said. Unless you consider two people to be a group.
"There were words they were using like accosting and berating the family," HPD spokesman John Cannon said.
And so, the Houston Police released this statement on Twitter:
At about the same time, NFL vice president of security Jeff Miller told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport this: "This is a little unusual in that we don't normally have fans acting in this way, going to a players residence, that sort of thing. In this case, Monday afternoon, a vehicle pulled into his driveway, an unidentified individual yelled obscenities. The police department is involved. We've been in contact with them as we normally would for anything like this. And because it's a team issue, they have a security director, we work with them. In this case, they'll be working closely with the police department. But it's going to be investigated and handled seriously by Houston Police Department."
The two statements do not contradict each other.
The Houston Police Department's statement offered their perspective in the most technical of terms. There was no group of fans (and that was never part of Fred Davis's original report) if there were one or two fans. Police were not called to the home, because, as was explained to me by a second public relations official, the police only consider it a call to the home if a resident calls 911 or the non-emergency line to have someone dispatched to the home. If a person's private security makes a report, or if team security makes a report, that isn't considered a call to the home.
In other words, nobody in any official capacity has actually refuted the original report.
The Texans take care of their players in situations like these. When a player deals with a security issue, his first call is often to his team, not to police.
I wrote last year about a situation at left tackle Duane Brown's house. His wife arrived to signs of a break-in at their home while Brown was on the road for a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. She called him until he left a meeting to answer. When Brown let the Texans know what was happening, they sent security to the house to wait until the team returned and booked a hotel room for his wife. General manager Rick Smith even asked if she would feel more comfortable staying at his home with his wife.
We'll talk to Schaub later this afternoon.