Texans players and execs meet with Houston’s mayor

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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.

9 responses to “Texans players and execs meet with Houston’s mayor

  1. That’s awesome. Whether or not people think they should and whether or not they want to, the players hold some sway in the community. Hopefully this is turned into more than just a two hour meeting. Get out there and make a difference.

  2. I’m so glad that I can keep up with my Titans here in Houston and not forced to watch this pathetic Texans franchise.

    It must just be a Houston curse.

  3. Duane Brown & co should start with an outreach educational program focusing on how NOT to get shot by police.

    It could start with teaching kids first how to AVOID the police. That segment would focus on the importance of respecting and obeying the laws. Basically ingraining in them that most law abiding citizens never have run ins with the police.

    The second segment would focus on how to be respectful and cooperative when approached by a policeman. This would focus on how to communicate with a police officer (“yes, sir .. no, sir … etc”), staying still, not making sudden moves, and REALLY putting their hands up if asked by a police officer.

    They can even show that “How to NOT get Your *** Kicked by the Police” video by Chris Rock.

    Teaching kids to do all of the above would greatly reduce their chances of getting killed by the “racist” police.

  4. And that’s why you have to do things to get attention, even if it offends some people.
    Anyone think this would have happened if Kaepernick hadn’t started something? If you do you’re pretty naïve.

  5. Just do your job. If you win a weak division again this year look for a one and done in the playoffs and then you will have more time for community agitating in the off season.


    Hello?!? Wake up! This is a PR move for the mayor and these football players get to feel good about “doing” something and get to relieve their guilt temporarily for making a lot of money for doing virtually nothing.

    When is the last time a sports protest made a “meaningful” difference?!? These protests make the sports stars feel good and that’s about it.

    What the hell do football players that bang helmets and tackle each other have any business with public policy or politics? They have no legitimate credentials or experience but still we laud them as superheroes – why? Because they are on TV once a week?

    This is as stupid as Bono who thinks being a lead singer of a rock band now makes him Gandhi.

    You people who are eating this sh*t up are being played.

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