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McNabb: Treatment in Washington was ‘disrespectful and disgraceful’

Now that Donovan McNabb doesn’t have to worry about starting on Sundays, he’s free to do long interviews with people like the NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer, who will, of course, ask him questions about his time in Washington.

Kremer: What happened?

McNabb: That’s a question that I had as well. You know, I don’t know. I don’t know. A decision was made. Things didn’t really get that much better with the decision. It’s unfortunate. But it just didn’t work out.

 Kremer: Why was it a bad fit?

 McNabb: I can’t answer that. I can’t answer that.

 Kremer: How do you think the Shanahans handled you?

 McNabb: A lot of things could have been handled professionally that they wasn’t.

 Kremer: Such as? 

McNabb: No need to go into examples. That’s over.

 Kremer: But even your longtime agent said the way that Shanahan handled you was “disrespectful and disgraceful.”

 McNabb: Well, I mean, it speaks for itself.

 Kremer: What are your thoughts on that?

 McNabb: Disrespectful and disgraceful.

 Kremer: What was disrespectful and disgraceful?

 McNabb: No one needs to know on the outside what’s going on in the building. None of it needs to be played out in the media. You go to practice, you have a conversation with somebody in the morning, all of the sudden later that afternoon you basically hear the whole conversation that was played out behind closed doors, that’s handled unprofessionally.

Off the top of my head, I’m not quite certain which conversations he was talking about. This one, maybe?

Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Friday that he met with benched quarterback Donovan McNabb about the strongly worded statement released by McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, and that McNabb distanced himself from the statement.

McNabb was also asked about the wristband story, and the idea that he would have objected to a playcalling aid out of ego.

“That isn’t something that would even come out of my mouth, that it would hurt my ego,” McNabb told Kremer. “It’s ridiculous. I mean, if you want to solidify your move of going with somebody else, just say hey, he wasn’t playing well, we’re gonna rally behind whoever comes up, whatever. But now when you start to challenge my intelligence, you’re gonna challenge my manhood, everything that I’ve been able to accomplish throughout the years, that’s disrespectful.”

Of course, the wristband story didn’t come out until after the season, and we still don’t know exactly who leaked it, and whether it was actually someone trying to undermine McNabb’s reputation. But I do appreciate McNabb’s continued attempts to provide Web traffic to Washington reporters.

(Via SBNation DC)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.


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