Shawn Andrews predicted the denial. He’s been spot on so far.
Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has refuted claims that he ridiculed and spread rumors about Andrews while the two were Eagles teammates for six years.
Andrews said in a Sync Weekly article published this week that his time in Philadelphia was “a living hell.” He also painted McNabb as a egotistic tormentor, who along with other teammates, allegedly spread rumors about Andrews being gay.
McNabb denied the accusations
in an article published in Thursday’s Philadelphia Inquirer.
“That is ridiculous,” McNabb told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I don’t know what comments you expect to get from me, but that is news to me and completely false. For me to bully anybody, that sounds unbelievable.”
Andrews says he confronted McNabb about the rumors when they played together and the six-time Pro Bowler denied it. Andrews said during a two-hour interview two weeks ago he knew McNabb would deny wrongdoing again and teammates would back the quarterback. As predicted former McNabb backup Jeff Garcia and running back Bryan Westbrook were among former Eagles who say they never heard McNabb ridiculed Andrews.
However, Andrews stood fast in face of the denials and a Philly.com poll that shows 57.2 percent of readers back McNabb, while 42.8 percent believe Andrews.
“I did it for my freaking conscience, man,” Andrews told The Inquirer. “The normal thing to do is deny it, especially if I was in that position. So many people are coming at me, defending him because of his superstar status, but they didn’t work with him. Shawn Andrews worked with him and for him. I laid it on the line for him.”
It’s interesting to note that when
McNabb initially commented on the allegations on his NBC Sports radio show Wednesday, he never flatly denied the claims. Here’s what he did say.
“Unbelievable, man. Unbelievable. “You know what? When my name gets brought up, it’s a lightning rod. And for me and this whole bullying situation, right now, it’s a sensitive topic, and one that, that I don’t agree with.
“For everything that I’ve been questioned for in Philadelphia,” McNabb continued, “and then now you come out and say, you point the finger directly at me, like I’m the one that’s ruined your career?”
“Why would I want to talk bad to others that are out there and then question your sexuality? Does that make sense to you at all? And why is this coming out now? It’s unbelievable. I just talked to a reporter from Philadelphia, and I’m just like, ‘Are you serious? Why don’t you just talk to the rest of the teammates and find out what’s going on.’”
The vague comments Wednesday are in stark contrast to the comments printed a day later in the Inquirer. I’m not sure why McNabb didn’t deny the claims with more vigor on the air.
I’m not the only one that noticed the weak initial response. Below is an except from Jay Busbee’s post on Shutdown Corner on yahoo.com.
I don’t know McNabb and haven’t spoken to him, as attempts to reach him were unsuccessful. What I do know, is Andrews’ account of the events was very specific, and the painful look on his face and the tears in his eyes were real.