There seems to be no love lost between Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson and the wife of Texans owner Cal McNair.
Ahead of Sunday’s Browns-Texans game in Houston — where Watson returned to play his former team in his first regular-season game in 700 days — Hannah McNair appeared to blatantly ignore the quarterback when he approached her and her husband.
In pregame videos, Hannah can be seen turning her back to Watson when he jogged across the field to share a half-hug and a handshake with McNair. The couple was standing with Watson’s current boss, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.
Hannah stood on the field wearing a purple dress and matching shoes, which included the logos of the Houston Area Women’s Center — a facility serving local victims of sexual and domestic violence — as part of the NFL’s My Cause My Cleats campaign.
In addition to Hannah, Watson received an icy reception from Houston fans, who showered their former quarterback with boos as the Browns defeated the Texans, 27-14.
Watson had a sloppy outing in his Browns debut, throwing for 131 yards with an interception. This was Watson’s first game back after serving an 11-game suspension for sexual misconduct allegations by more than two dozen women. Watson also paid a $5 million fine as part of the discipline.
Watson’s family, including his girlfriend, Jilly Anais, sat in a private suite at the game.
Sunday’s game marked Watson’s first time in action since 2020. He requested a trade out of Houston in January 2021 and sat out all last season as the NFL investigated the accusations.
Watson was traded from the Texans to the Browns in March, with Cleveland signing the quarterback to a five-year, fully guaranteed contract worth $230 million.
The Browns visit the Bengals on Sunday.