Texans left tackle Duane Brown is one of the players who has been raising his fist during the playing of the national anthem before games this season because he wants to show “solidarity with the people that are fighting against injustices.”
On Tuesday, Brown was part of a contingent from the Texans who met with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner about ways that the team can make a positive impact in the community. Texans owner Bob McNair said they discussed “the relations between the police and the African-American community” and General Manager Rick Smith said the focus was on “local solutions.”
“[We] had some dialogue about our concerns and frustrations,” Brown said, via the Houston Chronicle. “We were able to voice things that we wanted to see changed. They were able to voice things to us, things that they’re trying to implement into their training and things they are [being] implemented among themselves to prevent certain situations from happening here. It was a phenomenal meeting. I think we all learned a lot. We’re definitely working for a common goal to create an understanding in our community and live in harmony. What I plan on doing is to continue to [give] my time and efforts in different programs.”
Offensive linemen Jeff Allen, Kendall Lamm and Chris Clark and other members of the Texans front office also took part in the two-hour meeting.