Texans Deny Report Saying They Won't Sign Players Who Protested the Anthem

At least one NFL team is putting its foot-down after an entire season of professional athletes choosing to "take a knee" during the performance of the USA national anthem; intentionally avoiding free-agents who disrespected the American flag.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also made headlines on the topic when he said he won't be forcing his players to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner despite the fact he doesn't believe kneeling to be an effective form of protest. Under McNair's direction, a report has been published claiming that the Texans are avoiding those agent players who have demonstrated racial injustice.

Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon reported Saturday that he "spoke with two National Football League agents this week who said word is the Texans aren't interested in any players who participated in pregame kneel-downs in protest of police brutality".

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The team explained that a player who has recently protested in favor of social justice and similar issues would not be signed by Houston Texans as it is categorically false. "The Texans ownership, coaching, personnel and executive staff sign and hire employees based on talent, character and fit within our organization", the statement read. "I'm passionate about the cause of social justice and I feel that kneeling is an ineffective tactic that alienates more people than it enlists".

Who knows what this will mean for future free agents who hadn't participated, but don't want to play for an owner who thinks this way.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 in protest at the treatment of minorities by law enforcement.

  • Myrtle Hill