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Were Texans' locker searches clumsy?

The Houston Texans searched lockers in an effort to unearth unapproved supplements that could lead to suspensions under the league’s rules against performance-enhancing drugs.

I understand the level of their concerns as they lost both linebacker Brian Cushing and left tackle Duane Brown for four-game suspensions under the policy this season.

The way they went about things seems clumsy though, and created a situation where players could feel their bosses didn’t trust them and invaded their privacy.

Brown didn’t have an issue with it.

"Whatever you decide to bring into this stadium, whatever you decide to have in your locker, I feel like they have a right to know," Brown said. "There are a lot of things out there where you feel like it's perfectly fine. Some things you could be taking, you could've taken for a while, and it can just come up one time and get you.

"I think they have the right to do that."

I tend to agree, but it’s still a delicate matter.

Others who might have problems with the procedure are unlikely to speak up against their bosses. I’m shocked the NFLPA didn’t respond immediately. Minimally, DeMaurice Smith should have said the union is looking into it and has concerns about whether privacy issues were violated.

I would think team officials could have gone through lockers with players present, explaining what they were trying to do and getting the same results without leaving any room for issues regarding trust and privacy.

Someone with the Texans told me this happened a while ago and was not as big a deal as is being portrayed. He said the team's strong union presence didn't raise it as an issue. It was intended to clean out any non-approved supplements and wasn't some big clandestine sweep of the players' dwelling places, he said.