HPD: Suspicious man reported outside the house of Texans' Schaub

Kubiak: Schaub will start against St. Louis

Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:33:21 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 09 2013 11:12:07 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

Embattled QB Matt Schaub will start this Sunday against the St. Louis Rams and we're learning new information about threats at Schaub's home.

While Schaub is having trouble on the football field, some disgruntled fans are having trouble controlling their frustration.

First there was the very public burning of his football jersey after the shocking loss to Seattle. And now, according to the NFL vice president of security, an unidentified person showed up at Schaub's home in Tanglewood.

The person, assumed to be a disgruntled fan, pulled into Schaub's driveway, yelled obscenities, took pictures and drove away.

"I think it's despicable and the fans of Houston have treated him in a terrible way and just shows there's a lot of weird crazy people out there," said Shaw Cranfield.

According to Houston police, the incident was witnessed by one of Schaub's family members. But no one ever called 9-1-1.

Reports of a fan showing up at Schaub's home immediately captured headlines and, in some cases, the hearts of Houston.

"The guy is having a tough time as we know, but we support him. It our time that should be done on a field or don't root, but that's definitely out of line," said Carvin Joshua.

"I think the fans should keep their cheering in front of the TV, radio, patio, BBQ and not in front of any player's house. That's just rude," said Joel Seidner. "I don't think he was cheering Schaub. Well, that goes for booing also. Go Texans."

Football fan Aaron Bruce created the 'Bench Matt Schaub' Facebook page after the Texans' loss to Seattle. He still believes Schaub shouldn't start on Sunday.

"We have two backup quarterbacks for a reason. Matt Schaub isn't playing very well," he said.

Bruce says his page has almost 20,000 likes in just a few short days, but as he posted on the page, he would never condone any fan taking their frustrations out on Schaub and his family.

"It's one thing to post your opinion on Facebook but to actually confront somebody, go to their house, that's ridiculous," Bruce said.

As for Schaub, he's keeping quiet about the incident and is expected to start Sunday when the Texans take on the St. Louis Rams at Reliant Stadium. Win or lose, pick 6 or touchdown pass, city leaders are urging fans to keep the game and Schaub's performance on the field in perspective.

'It's just a sport. It's just a game. Our fans are better than that. We need to keep it classy," said Houston City Councilman Ed Gonzalez.

Earlier Wednesday

Houston police are clarifying reports that angry fans confronted Texans quarterback Matt Schaub at his home.

“Contrary to some reports, there was not a group of ‘angry fans’ outside the Schaub residence on Monday,” the police department tweeted Wednesday.

Schaub has come under fire for his play on the field. Most recently, he threw three interceptions in Houston's blowout loss to San Francisco on Sunday night that extended the team's losing streak to three games. His first interception was returned for a touchdown, marking an NFL-record fourth straight game he threw a pick-6.

A Houston Police Department spokeswoman confirmed to Local 2’s Mary Benton on Wednesday that Houston police were never called to Schaub’s home.

HPD said a family member reported seeing a suspicious male taking pictures in the driveway of the home and reported it to a third party. The third party later reported the incident to police.

NFL V.P. of security Jeff Miller confirmed to USA Today that the league was contacted after the incident.

The USA Today article quotes Miller saying, “This is a little unusual in that we don’t normally have fans acting in this way, going to a player’s residence that sort of thing.

"In this case, Monday afternoon, a vehicle pulled into his driveway, an unidentified individual yelled obscenities. The police department is involved. We’ve been in contact with them as we normally would for anything like this. And because it’s a team issue, they have a security director, we work with them.

“In this case, they’ll be working closely with the police department. But it’s going to be investigated and handled seriously by Houston Police Department.”

The Houston police spokeswoman said it is possible that an off-duty officer may have responded to the home.

Kubiak said Monday that Schaub remained the starter, but added that he would evaluate the quarterback situation this week. After two days of deliberating, he announced Wednesday that starting Schaub was the "best thing for our football team this weekend."

The Texans, who are 2-3 on the season, host the St. Louis Rams Sunday at Reliant Stadium.