Yesterday, Bill O'Brien informed the media that Jadeveon Clowney did not make the trip with the Texans to San Francisco with the team. The rationale for Clowney staying in Houston was for him to rest and get additional treatment with the training staff.
"Nothing serious but I felt like it was something where let’s give him (Clowney) a few days, be with our trainers back in Houston and be ready to go for next week when we get back and New Orleans comes to town and get some good practice sessions in there." O’Brien said.
In the comments to that post, one of the members of our community had this to say:
Be concerned. He's at the Golden Nugget playing craps. I'm at the adjacent table.
by LawHorn06 on Aug 12, 2016 | 9:31 PM reply rec flag actions
When pressed by other fans, LawHorn06 mentioned that he had proof of Clowney being at the casino.
Swear to god. I have a pic.
by LawHorn06 on Aug 12, 2016 | 9:56 PM up reply rec flag actions
Shortly after I read that comment, I received this tweet:
Seeing as how that Twitter account was started earlier today and the person behind it sent the same tweet to three other individuals, I was dubious. Yet it was the second time I'd read about Clowney being in a Louisiana casino last night, so I reached out to LawHorn06, who then sent me the picture you see in this post. While there's no way to be absolutely sure the person pictured is Jadeveon Clowney and that the picture was taken last night (though I have been provided a screenshot that indicates it was taken at 8:56 p.m. yesterday), it sure looks like Clowney, and it sure looks like it was taken in a casino.
Even assuming it is Clowney in that picture, and if it was in fact taken last night, we're not privy to what Clowney did earlier in the day, or what his plans are for the remainder of the weekend. He may well have gotten treatment earlier yesterday and be heading back to Houston today for more. He could have done everything the training staff asked him to do. He may have even explicitly been told to relax and have fun last night. There's certainly nothing illegal about an adult gambling in a casino in Louisiana. From that perspective, this is a non-story, particularly in a world where Johnny Manziel has repeatedly lowered the bar for questionable off-the-field conduct.
Yet it still may boggle the mind of some Texans fans that Jadeveon Clowney could have possibly thought that heading to Louisiana to gamble, in public no less, was a good idea, especially after his head coach specifically said Clowney didn't make the trip to San Francisco with his teammates in order to rest and get treatment from the training staff in Houston. After all, just because it's not illegal doesn't mean it's smart.
If in fact Jadeveon Clowney was in a Lake Charles casino last night, what's your reaction to this? No big deal? A lapse in judgment? Disappointment? Surprise? Sound off in the comments below.
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UPDATE: Because some people have asked, here's the screenshot I was provided with the picture; it says the photo was taken yesterday at 8:56 p.m.
UPDATE II: This program shows the picture was in fact taken on the evening of Friday, August 12, 2016.