Originally reported by the Houston Chronicle, NFL franchise, the Houston Texans, will not show any interest in employing players that have demonstrated protest during the playing of our national anthem. Two NFL agents close to the Texans organization told Houston reporters that they will avoid drafting, or even signing a player as a free agent if known that the player previously kneeled during the playing of our national anthem.
Houston Texans avoiding free agents who protested during national anthem: report https://t.co/FatsgPfGba
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 6, 2018
The Texans organization, in particular, owner Bob Mcnair, remains familiar with the controversy surrounding the NFL protest of the National Anthem. Midway through last season, Mcnair reportedly said: “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.” The comment supposedly was made during a closed meeting of NFL owners, specifically designed to discuss the players who protest by kneeling during the national anthem.
Once Mcnair’s comment surfaced to public knowledge, it created a storm of tension and controversy that continued to surround the franchise all year long. Especially plaguing the relationship between the players and the organization’s representatives.
Mcnair was extremely adamant about his comments, wanting it to be known that he wasn’t referring to his players. Specifically saying he was referring to “the relationship between the league office and team owners and how they have been making significant strategic decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership over the past few years.”
— theGrio.com (@theGrio) March 6, 2018
Collin Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, is even trying to use the fact that the Texans not signing Kaepernick to the team when star Quarterback Deshaun Watson suffered a season-ending knee injury, as part of his collusion case against the NFL.
“I just don’t understand the Texans, If I’m Bob McNair, and maybe I’m addled and maybe I’m sick, I just don’t know. I mean, I’ll find out when I do his deposition. But if I’m Bob McNair and I’ve already misspoken and my players want to come and beat the crap out of me.” Said Mark Geragos.
However, later on, Monday, the Houston Texans released a statement condemning the original article reported by the Houston Chronicle, saying the content is “Categorically false and without merit.”
“A recent report that suggests the Houston Texans would not sign a player who has protested in support of social justice issues is categorically false and without merit. The Texans ownership, coaching, personnel and executive staff sign and hire employees based on talent, character and fit within our organization,” Official statement given by the Houston Texans organization.
The Texans are blasting the report as "categorically false and without merit." https://t.co/aeHQQC6TRV
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) March 6, 2018
When taking a look at the list of free agents and potential talent coming into the league for this upcoming year, many of the players have demonstrated protest during the national anthem. If true, the Texans organization will be assigned with a difficult task, a task that is controversial but also needed. Owners need to stand up and start doing what is right, showing respect to those who are deserving, help set a precedent of standards around the NFL.
The NFL players aren’t told they can’t stand up for what they believe in, they are simply told that they shouldn’t demonstrate those feelings while in their workplace. Players need to go out into their communities, on the front lines, help actively make a difference, find out the root of the problems and then make a change. Not take a knee during the anthem, disrespecting our country and the brave people who protect it, all while thinking, what they are doing is making a difference.
Stand for the flag, forever, and always.