Texans deny report of boycotting players who protested anthem

Texans deny report of boycotting players who protested anthem

Texans deny report of boycotting players who protested anthem

The Texans had their own controversy during the season after team owner Bob McNair said that "we can't have the inmates running the prison" during a meeting of NFL owners about players who protest by kneeling during the national anthem. Later that day, Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins failed to show up for practice in response to McNair's remark, sparking a divide between the owner and his players.

Two NFL agents told the Houston Chronicle recently that the "word is" that the Texans are not interested in players who participated in pregame kneeling in protest of police brutality.

Citing conversations with two anonymous agents, The Houston Chronicle reported Saturday that while "there is no directive within the organization", it is understood that the Texans are not considering free agents who have participated in the protests, or draft prospects who would be likely to do so.

The team issued a statement on Monday denying that report, calling it "categorically false and without merit".


"The Texans ownership, coaching, personnel and executive staff sign and hire employees based on talent, character and fit within our organisation". "I'm 100 percent with these players".

The Texans do not have a first round pick or a second round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

During that game, many Houston players took a knee and linked arms for the national anthem, after staging nearly no such demonstrations before then.

NFL teams all have very specific criteria when it comes to signing and drafting players, but the Houston Texans may be crossing players off their list for a reason that will not sit well with many across the league.

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