Texans Players Feared Team Kept Tabs on Them Outside Of Facility

What’s worse than having your every move watched while at practice? Well, if you play for the Houston Texans, the answer may be others spying on you during your free time.

According to a report from Sports Illustrated, multiple Texans players feared they were being followed by team representatives while they were away from team facilities.

Per the SI story, such fears appear to be the result of the Texans’ recently-minted executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby.

“A culture of distrust had started to permeate the organization,” SI reported of what transpired shortly after Easterby got the job. “Multiple Texans from Easterby’s tenure say they began to watch what they would say in conversations with him, nervous that the culture coach was looking for reasons to move out people with different values or lifestyles.”

That’s not all.

“One player was so convinced he was being followed by someone representing the team that he paid a friend to watch the dark sedan he says he observed frequently parked outside his house,” SI reported. “He even went so far as to log license plate numbers of unfamiliar cars. Two other members of the organization shared the player’s concerns that members of the team were being surveilled away from the building.”

Overall, it’s been a mess of a season for the Texans, just one year after things looked so promising. They finished 10-6 and made the playoffs in 2019. This year, they started 0-4 before firing Bill O’Brien from his dual role as general manager and coach.

Things have gone a little bit better lately. The Texans (4-8) are 4-4 under interim coach Romeo Crennel. They face the Bears in Chicago this Sunday.

But clearly, some strong — some might even say “creepy” — suspicions about management still linger.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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