Two NFL Agents Say Texans Aren’t Seeking Players Who Kneeled for Anthem
The Houston Texans may be shying away from free agents who protested during the national anthem.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Texans may be shying away from free agents who protested during the national anthem. “There is no directive within the organization, but it is considered to be understood that as desperate as the Texans are to bring in talent, the pool of potential signees and draftees will not include anyone who has participated in protests or are likely to,” Jerome Solomon wrote after speaking to two NFL agents about the issue, repots Bleacher Report. Last October, free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance alleging the NFL and team owners have colluded to keep him out of the league as a result of his role in the protest movement. Texas owner Bob McNair was among three team owners who were on the deposition list as part of the grievance. When discussing the ongoing anthem protests, McNair came under fire for saying the league and owners “can’t have the inmates running the prison.” He apologized and he said he “never meant to offend anyone” and “was not referring to our players.” Former Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown said he felt abandoned by the team after he knelt during the anthem. He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in the middle of the 2017 season. “I protested [during the national anthem] last year, and there was no backing of my character as a man as a leader or a player,” Brown said, according to Bleacher Report. “There was nothing said by [McNair] or the organization to back me at all. They just kind of sent me to the wolves.”
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