Shawn Andrews accuses Donovan McNabb of mistreatment, says he requested a trade

Shawn Andrews accuses Donovan McNabb of mistreatment, says he requested a trade

Left: Shawn Andrews. Right: Donovan McNabb hugging Shawn's brother, Stacy.

Fresh off the heels of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin situation, former Eagles offensive lineman Shawn Andrews is accusing his ex-teammates of mistreating him during his time in Philadelphia.

Of all people, Andrews had plenty to say about Donovan McNabb -- albeit without ever saying much of anything.

Andrews went on 97.5 The Fanatic Friday afternoon and, in an interview with Mike Missanelli, accused his teammates, specifically McNabb, of spreading lies about his health, his eating habits and other assorted topics.

Quick refresher: The Eagles selected Andrews with the 16th pick pf the 2004 draft, and although he was a three-time Pro Bowler, he played only five seasons with the team. Andrews not only dealt with his physical health issues while in Philadelphia, but also mental health issues. This 2009 New York Times article details Andrews' battles with depression, which were well-noted during his career as an Eagle.

Fast-forward to Friday and Andrews was asked if he had ever encountered treatment similar to what Martin went through down in Miami.

"I think this will be my first time on record saying that, but I did. I did. I faced a lot of that. ... "But I'll tell you what I faced. I worked with -- I have to use my words carefully -- but I worked with a lot of guys who didn't have everybody's best interests at heart. The only guy I could trust on that team was flat out Brian Dawkins. Now you imagine. I'm going to tell you this and you can maybe figure it out and try to decode it. Would you want to go to work at a place where you're putting your heart out every single day and the guy that you're protecting is saying things behind your back that isn't true?"

Asked specifically if he was referring to McNabb, Andrews said "yes." But when pressed for specifics, Andrews struggled, often repeated that he has to "choose his words carefully," and then remained unfocused and often rambled. For example, asked to describe what McNabb ever did to him, he answered:

"Man, where do I start? ... I always think, if I was one of the first guys to get a $100 million contract, I've got endorsements, I'm on commercials, is that not enough attention in and of itself?"

Eventually, Andrews described how his teammates allegedly lied about his eating habits during a contract negotiation. Andrews says he had stopped going to McDonald's months beforehand but that his teammates told team officials that he was eating fast food every day after practice.

"Bullying is a strong word. I wouldn't consider it bullying. [But you're] putting everything you have on the line for another person, and that person is saying some very, very, very untrue things about you to other guys ... how would that make you feel?

Here's a slightly more concrete example. Andrews did not report to training camp in 2008. He later revealed that he was battling depression and ultimately sought a return to the team. He went to coach Andy Reid and asked if he could address the locker room.

"He gave me the floor for however long I needed. It may have taken me 15-20 minutes to say what I needed to say, but one of the leaders on the team -- how does it make you feel when he's sitting there, looking you in the eye, rolling his eyes at everything you say, when you're pouring your heart out as a man amongst men, and he (McNabb) just rolls his eyes and blows you off."

He says he eventually sought recourse, although he did not say when.

"I went and asked Coach Reid for a trade. It goes far beyond the locker room. People think it's a band of brothers. But these are my co-workers and I understood that really early on. And you can't trust anybody."

So, did he ever confront McNabb?

"I did. ... He did what most people would do -- he denied it. But there's just so much evidence, man."

And that's really where this story breaks down. Andrews repeatedly asserted mistreatment at the hands of his teammates, but much of what was described seems to lack a particular gravity. It's likely that he and Donovan McNabb did not get along, but it's unclear it's anything more than that. Although none of us were privy to their interactions, McNabb also seems pretty low on the list of guys you would think of as potentially being "a bully."

Finally, there's the issue of Andrews as a potentially unreliable narrator, which he addresses:

"I been thinking about this before the interview, like how my credibility is under question. ... But I've really been trying figure out how I want to say this stuff and it's just a whole lot. ... "I'm of a very sound mind and body."

Is this anything more than a misunderstanding? Is it anything more than pettiness? Is it anything more than the typical shit co-workers talk behind each other's backs in every work environment across America? Maybe. Maybe not. But Andrews seem to think it is, and all we have is what he's offering. Other than this:

Add Shawn Andrews to the list of former Eagles who have a problem with Donovan McNabb.

No. 16 Villanova vs. No. 23 Albany: With or without Bednarczyk, can Wildcats rebound?


No. 16 Villanova vs. No. 23 Albany: With or without Bednarczyk, can Wildcats rebound?

No. 16 Villanova (5-2, 3-1) vs. No. 23 Albany (4-2, 1-2)
Villanova Stadium, Villanova, Pa.
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Fresh off a rare loss, Villanova looks to get back on track during its homecoming game against another nationally ranked foe. Here’s a look at the matchup:

Scouting Villanova
The Wildcats saw their five-game winning streak snapped in resounding fashion as they were shut out for the first time since 2004 in a 23-0 loss to Richmond. Sophomore quarterback Zach Bednarczyk left the game in the second quarter with an injury, a big reason why the Wildcats finished with just 222 yards of total offense. But despite the final score, Villanova’s defense played well again with Austin Calitro and Rob Rolle each hitting double digits in tackles. The unit is ranked fifth in the FCS in scoring defense (16.3 points per game) and sixth in total defense (237.9 yards per game) and has scored four defensive touchdowns.

Scouting Albany
After winning their first four games, the Great Danes lost their next two, a 36-30 triple-overtime heartbreaker to Richmond followed by a 20-16 setback to Maine. Sophomore quarterback Neven Sussman led Albany with 187 passing yards and 75 rushing yards. But for the season, their offensive strength has been with sophomore running back Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, who’s second in the CAA in rushing, averaging 105 yards per game. Albany’s defense is only behind Villanova in points allowed per game (19.3) in the CAA, but interestingly enough is last in total defense (420.2 yards per game). The Great Danes lead the league in turnover margin (plus-15), led by linebacker Michael Nicastro and safety Mason Gray with three interceptions apiece.

Series history
Villanova has only played Albany twice, beating the Great Danes, 48-31, in 2014 and steamrolling it, 37-0, last season. 

Storyline to watch
The big question going in is whether Bednarczyk will play with Villanova saying it will be a game-time decision after the QB suffered a concussion last week. If he can’t go, Adeyemi DaSilva will get the start in his place after replacing him in the second quarter vs. Richmond. DaSilva is a promising player but Bednarczyk was coming into his own this season and his absence would naturally be a difficult one. Of course, the Wildcats have been through this before with Bednarczyk taking over as the starter last season when star John Robertson went down with an injury of his own.

What’s at stake?
Villanova still has a chance to win the CAA but probably can’t afford a second loss in the league. And of course, there’s nothing better than winning in front of a homecoming crowd.

A lot depends on whether Bednarczyk can play … but even if he doesn’t, the Wildcats’ dominant defense may be enough to get the job done. 

Villanova 20, Albany 17

Anthem singer at Sixers-Heat game kneels during performance

Anthem singer at Sixers-Heat game kneels during performance

MIAMI — A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami on Friday night did so while kneeling at midcourt, and opening her jacket to show a shirt with the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

The singer was identified by the Heat as Denasia Lawrence. It was unclear if she remained in the arena after the performance, and messages left for her were not immediately returned.

Heat players and coaches stood side-by-side for the anthem, all with their arms linked as has been their custom during the preseason. Many had their heads down as Lawrence sang, and the team released a statement saying it had no advance knowledge that she planned to kneel.

"We felt as a basketball team that we would do something united, so that was our focus," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Throughout all of this, I think the most important thing that has come out is the very poignant, thoughtful dialogue. We've had great dialogue within our walls here and hopefully this will lead to action."

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand for its playing. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports -- and many levels, from youth all the way to professional -- have followed his lead in various ways.

"All I can say is what we've seen in multiple preseason games so far is our players standing for the national anthem," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in New York earlier Friday, at a news conference following the league's board of governors meetings. "It would be my hope that they would continue to stand for the national anthem. I think that is the appropriate thing to do."

The NBA has a rule calling for players and coaches to stand during the anthem.

Heat guard Wayne Ellington often speaks about the need to curb gun violence, after his father was shot and killed two years ago. He had his eyes closed for most of the anthem Friday, as per his own custom, though was aware of Lawrence's actions.

"At the end of the day, to each his own," Ellington said. "If she feels like that's the way she wants to stand for it, then more power to her."

Making a statement in the manner that Lawrence did Friday is rare, but not unheard of in recent weeks.

When the Sacramento Kings played their first home preseason game earlier this month, anthem singer Leah Tysse dropped to one knee as she finished singing the song.

Tysse is white. Lawrence is black.

"I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans," Tysse wrote on Facebook. "I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability."