Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins deny avoiding protest players

Mae Harvey
March 7, 2018

The Houston Texans are denying a report, which claimed the team would not sign or draft players who protested in support of social justice issues.

Over the weekend, the Houston Chronicle's Jerome Solomon released a report that said the Houston Texans would not be signing any free agents who protested during the national anthem during the 2017 NFL season. "The Texans ownership, coaching, personnel and executive staff sign and hire employees based on talent, character and fit within our organization". With the NFL's free agency period opening next week, the Chronicle's report could potentially damage the team's reputation even among players who did not stage protests but who sympathize with those who did. He added that while the Texans "are not a racist organization", the team's owner has frequently been "racially tone deaf", and there are "many who believe if McNair could field a team with all-white, all-conforming all-pro talent, he would".

The quiet internal decision that comes via the word of two National Football League agents comes in the backdrop of Texans owner Bob McNair's provocative comment past year that he didn't want "inmates running the prison".

"During the past season, we received assurances from both commissioner Roger Goodell and the chairman of the management council, John Mara, that the right of players to demonstrate would be protected".

Well, as long as those players haven't protested during the national anthem in the past, that is.

He basically drew a line in the sand of what he thought about the players protesting against police brutality and racism.

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