Last season, Texans' owner, Bob McNair made waves when he referred to players kneeling during the anthem as "inmates" running the prison and the backlash was evident.
The Houston Texans have denied a report that stated the team has no interest in signing players who have protested during the national anthem or are likely to do so in the future. If NFL players want to protest for political causes, they are free to do that when they aren't at work.
A report in the Houston Chronicle on Saturday claimed the Texans were adopting an unofficial policy of not considering free agents who had taken part in protests, but the franchise have condemned the reports as "categorically false and without merit". While money tends to smooth over plenty of rough spots, if two teams are offering the same cash and opportunity, will a free agent choose the Texans or the other team?
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The Texans' public relations department refuted the report Monday on Twitter.
However, he backtracked on Tuesday and insisted that his comments had been "misconstrued" but conceded that he believes kneeling is an ineffective form of protest. After a sack of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who spent the season sitting on the bench during the anthem, celebrated by taking a knee at midfield. "I'm 100 percent with these players".
Or, as Solomon put it, "If the Texans are determined to field a team without players who are concerned about their community enough to occasionally be outspoken, or to perhaps participate in a silent protest, they are risking turning away players who could help them win a Super Bowl".