Posted October 09, 2013

NFL security will investigate incident between Matt Schaub, Texans fan

AFC South, Houston Texans
Matt Schaub has thrown a pick-six in four straight games, an NFL record.

Matt Schaub has thrown a pick-six in four straight games, an NFL record. (LM Otero/AP)

The incident between an angry fan and Texans quarterback Matt Schaub at Schaub’s home was not as combative as first reported, but it was still unnerving enough for the Schaub and his family that NFL security and Houston police may get involved.

A report from CBS Houston on Tuesday night indicated that a fan “berated” Schaub, while another “took pictures of his family.” This all occurred two days after Schaub was pulled from a Texans’ loss in San Francisco. Schaub set an NFL record in that game by throwing a pick-six for the fourth consecutive week.

Jeff Miller, the NFL’s VP of security, told the NFL Network that there indeed was an unwanted visitor at the Schaub household.

“This is a little unusual in that we don’t normally have fans acting in this way, going to a player’s residence that sort of thing,” Miller said. “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 Houston P.D. confirmed that a member of Schaub’s family had contacted them, but largely downplayed what occurred.

Schaub has come under increased scrutiny in Houston, with his team off to a disappointing 2-3 start. His on-field miscues played a huge role in the Texans’ Week-4 collapse against the Seahawks — they led that game by 17 in the fourth quarter — and he was unsteady from the start against the 49ers.

Following the loss to Seattle, a Texans fan was filmed burning a Schaub jersey in the Reliant Stadium parking lot. Sunday night, as Schaub took a seat on the bench in favor of backup T.J. Yates late, the hashtag #FreeCaseKeenum trended on Twitter. (Keenum, an undrafted rookie, is the Texans’ third-string quarterback.)

Texans coach Gary Kubiak confirmed on Monday that Schaub was still the team’s starting quarterback, though he hardly gave Schaub a vote of confidence.

“He is, but I’m in the evaluation process,” Kubiak said.

According to the NFL Network’s report on the episode at Schaub’s home, the league will work with Texans team security “to provide extra support because this story is now in the public eye.”

UPDATE (Wednesday 5:45 p.m. ET): Schaub said Wednesday afternoon that while he contacted Texans team security after noticing fans snapping photos outside his house, he was not aware of anyone leaving their vehicles or yelling at him.

35 comments
beast
beast

The Power Of The Press! We are seeing more incidents of the News Media churning hatred toward anyone they choose. 

I'm sure CNN, CNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC and Sportswriters and other media must relish the power they have over people and the ability it gives them to direct culture. 

But there are crazy, violent people who hear their stories that could become inspired to do harm to the medias targets. 

Look at what the NY media does to athletes. Reporters hate them because theyre making millions and they target them viciously. And unfortunately people are weak minded and succumb easily to suggestion. 

Its only a matter of time before news media hate gets a Politician, a celeb or an athlete or a George Zimmerman killed! 

tom o
tom o

they do love their football in Texas

joeshine730
joeshine730

Just shoot and kill the fan end of story.

joeshine730
joeshine730

If a fan goes to a players house he deserves to be shot and killed by that player. Then it stops.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

Schaub is having a better (less worse?) year than Eli and Flacco.  Fans, media and everyone need to take chill pills.  He is in the top half of the league's QBs and will do fine for the Texans.  

j7apple
j7apple

I understand Texas has some of the most  liberal shooting trespasser laws in the country. Kind of a fool if you ask me, that this fellow messed with Schaub.

But then again the trespasser may have been weighing his odds that if he was shot at by Schaub, the aim probably would not have been to good..............................yikes..........

UBERTAXTHERICH
UBERTAXTHERICH

So the fan yelled a few words of "encouragement", no big deal really as long as no one was hurt. Sounds like it was all in fun.

bulletrico
bulletrico

Don't mess up in Texas... I guess... Sheesh!!!

x72
x72

Hey Matt, play better and you won't have to worry about this.

evil.aaronm
evil.aaronm

"NFL Security"?  What a joke.  The NFL is a corporation.  Their "security" is as worthless as mall cops.  Probably better paid, though.

x72
x72

It's a free country, as long as no assault took place there's nothing to see here.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Actually his wife called and confirmed the "unwanted visitor" was Matt himself

BY
BY

Very well stated by Al and Eddie.....

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

That is so true, eddie767. It looks sooooo easy watching it from your couch with a beer in your hand. Too many creeps are getting involved in sports these days. Your advice is great. Go try it, then come back and let us know how easy it is. 

eddie767
eddie767

I don't know what these "fans"would be charged with,but if they think they'll play better than Shaub put them in coach. I'd pay to see them crap in their pants,the first time a 300lbs lineman hits them. Then they'll know it takes a real man to takea hit and go back for more.

mtoews
mtoews

@joeshine730 he is so afraid of the pic 6 now any shots fired would be returned .

twrdh
twrdh

@x72 His play on the field has nothing to do with the safety and security of his home and family. 

jerellj87
jerellj87

@x72 News flash genius.  here in Texas, if someone steps on your even your lawn without permission you have the right to send bullets into their body to make sure they don't do it again.  But you're right, it's a free country like you said.

x72
x72

Thx for chiming in ladies, what a bunch of sissies. Don't get your panties all in a bunch over my comments, too late.

Hector1
Hector1

@x72 Umm, you are really stupid.  If you think it is a free country and that this type of BS should be allowed, give us your address so we can show up at your front door and berate you for this stupidity of yours.  Oh, and there WAS an assault.  There IS such a thing as verbal assault and is criminal.

YemiThaBassMan
YemiThaBassMan

@x72 Are you stupid? A fan showed up at his house to berate him for an effing game, and your reply is "it's a free country"? 

Ever mess up in your job? Should someone come to your house and berate you for it? 

AlSharpton
AlSharpton

@mtoews @joeshine730 - His aim is a little better than that of all-time great Bret Favre, whose career completion record is 62.0%. Schaub's career completion record is 64.3%. How is that for aim? 

x72
x72

@twrdh @x72 boo hoo, keep crying. Can't take the heat stay out of the kitchen. The fan was only commenting on his poor play, let the fans vent.

toyota_tundra
toyota_tundra

@jerellj87 @x72 Umm, NO that's not correct. I live in Texas and you don't have the right to send bullets in someone's direction if they merely step foot on your lawn. And I have a CHL and it doesn't work that way, but go ahead and try it. There has to be a threat to personal property and/or a threat of bodily harm. This isn't Florida.