Did the Patriots help jumpstart the career of a lunatic in former character coach Jack Easterby?
We all know that the the New England Patriots have been engulfed in a number of controversies throughout their rich history. If not for their unprecedented run of dominance over the last two decades, you can bet that their reputation would’ve been brought into question more often than it has been.
The Patriots’ incredible ability to emerge from these scandals unscathed — the punishment was usually nothing more than a fine and the forfeiture of a draft pick(s) — has proved that winning is really all that matters in the eyes of the public.
With that in mind, it won’t be entirely surprising for fans that a report from Sports Illustrated alleges that former executive Jack Easterby engaged in some disturbing acts since taking on a prominent role in the Texans’ organization.
Prepare yourselves, folks, because this is A LOT to swallow in one sitting.
The report, which cites numerous unnamed Patriots and Texans sources — including players and employees — claims that Easterby was suspected of illegally surveilling players and coaching staff members outside of team facilities. If true, the vulgarity behind this particular action is as damning as it gets in that it stands for a blatant violation of trust and privacy.
Unfortunately for Easterby, the accusations don’t stop there. The report also indicates that the Texans’ interim general manager was adamant in trying to persuade players to intentionally violate league protocols by practicing after experiencing a coronavirus scare within the organization.
Given the alarming surge of positive cases and COVID-19-related deaths around the country, we really don’t have to conduct a deep dive to explain how that’s literally the definition of medical malpractice.
In yet another damaging blow to Easterby’s reputation and overall inability to run a franchise, however, he was supposedly a loud advocate in Houston’s widely disparaged decision to trade All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for pennies on the dollar last offseason.
For those questioning Easterby’s ties to the Patriots, he served as their team chaplain and supposed “character coach” in light of former tight end Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial and subsequent suicide back in 2017.
He ultimately joined forces with Bill O’Brien in Houston before he was promoted to interim GM after O’Brien was fired following an 0-4 start to the season.
We’re not here to jump to a conclusion about whether these accusations are true. It’s just ironic that the Patriots technically helped jumpstart the NFL career of a supposed mad man. You simply can’t make this stuff up.