PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Some way, some how, Donovan McNabb’s name finds its way into the news in Philadelphia. This time, it’s thanks to former Eagles offensive lineman Shawn Andrews.
Andrews, in an interview with Sync Weekly, accused McNabb of making his life difficult while he was with the Eagles by spreading rumors and creating an environment that made Andrews uncomfortable.
“It just felt like I was in a living hell,” Andrews said. Andrews said McNabb, as well as other players on the team spread rumors regarding his sexual orientation.
“I could be sitting in the players’ lounge with a group, having some laughs, and he’d get his say in so the attention can shift,” Andrews says. “He was the type of person that had everything in the world he could want, but that still wasn’t enough. He wanted the attention on him. There was a whole lot of that behavior. He wasn’t just that way with me. I’m thinking, ‘Every day I strap on my shoulder pads and helmet, I’m here to protect you,'” Andrews said. “[McNabb] was a big part of it — he was a big part of my issues there. Bully is a strong word, but he was degrading to me and spread rumors. It’s bothered me that I haven’t really spoken about it.”
McNabb took offense to Andrews’ claims.
“That is ridiculous,” McNabb said to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Mike Sielski. “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. I don’t really understand why this would come about, one, and two, how this would even be an accusation,” McNabb told the Inquirer. “If there’s anything I can say, I was more than open to Shawn. I always tried to be open to all the guys.”
The issue if bullying in NFL locker rooms has come to the forefront in light of the Martin/Incognito controversy in Miami.
“For everything that I’ve been questioned for in Philadelphia and now you come out and say… you point the finger directly at me like I’m the one that ruined your career?,” McNabb said on NBC Sports Radio (via The 700 Level)