Kirsters Baish| We have just caught wind that the Houston Texans are operating under an unspoken and unwritten rule while doing evaluations of possible free agents during this offseason. This new rule is one that Americans will be proud of. The Texans will not be welcoming any players who took a knee for the National Anthem.
The Houston Chronicle‘s Jerome Solomon stated, “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.”
Solomon’s report was originally posted on Saturday and is based off of information that he obtained from two NFL agents who claimed that they are familiar with the organization’s “directive.”
This report is very relevant because former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL. he alleged that the league’s owners colluded to keep him out of the league all together. Owner of the Texans, Bob McNair, is one of the three owners that was named on Kaepernick’s deposition list.
Bleacher Report reported that McNair became a target last October when he stated that the NFL and team owners “can’t have the inmates running the prison.” He was referring to the continuing National Anthem protests per ESPN’s Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr.
Duane Brown, a former Texans offensive tackle, who was traded to the Seattle Seahawks during the 2017 season, explained to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio that he felt that the team abandoned him after he took a knee during the anthem.
Brown stated, “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. There was nothing said by [McNair] or the organization to back me at all. They just kind of sent me to the wolves.”
We cannot be sure of which “wolves” Brown was sent to. Brown was eventually traded to the Seahawks. His activism has seemed to cool down at this point which suggests that his motivation to lash out at McNair was at least partly because he wanted to work on a trade. There were also obvious signs that it was partly to protest.
It isn’t clear if the unspoken policy of not hiring likely protesters would fall under collusion. I guess we will just have to wait and see what comes about with the NFL.