Texans players plan a demonstration on Sunday

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Texans left tackle Duane Brown told PFT on Saturday morning that he and his teammates would meet in Seattle to further discuss the reaction to owner Bob McNair’s comment that “[w]e can’t have the inmates running the prison.” Notwithstanding (or possibly fueled by) McNair’s effort to fix the situation both by meeting with them privately and by issuing a statement in which he claimed that “inmates” referred not to players but the league office, that meeting resulted in a strategy for action.

Per multiple reports, the Texans plan some sort of demonstration in connection with Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. ESPN reports that the players could kneel together during the national anthem, raise fists during the anthem, or remove the Texans decals from their helmets. Presumably, multiple gestures are possible.

Removing the decals from their helmets would be a direct shot at management and McNair. It’s unclear whether the move would subject them to discipline from the league office as a violation of the uniform policy. (It’s fairly certain that they don’t care about paying a relatively small fine — especially if the effort to fine them underscores the “inmate” point.)

Kneeling during the anthem would make the demonstration about more than the Texans (and it would invite a reaction from the Tweeter-in-Chief), but it would represent an exercise of the very real power held by the supposedly powerless players. As noted when addressing the message sent by the “inmates” remark, the players have the league over a barrel on the anthem issue, and the league hopes to say (and if necessary do) enough to make it go away. If the players keep exercising that power, the league eventually will have to choose whether to mandate standing (that ship has sailed) or to negotiate in a meaningful way with players a deal that would get them to agree to a new, joint policy requiring standing.

Until the latter happens, those who are deemed by the owners to have no real power in the relationship have real power over the relationship. Although those who believe that kneeling during the anthem always constitutes disrespect of the flag, the country, and the military won’t be willing to embrace the business realities of kneeling, it’s the reaction from those very people that will create a greater sense of urgency by ownership to fix the problem, once and for all.

And the only way to fix it, once and for all, could be for the owners to finally admit that, on this specific issue, they are the inmates.

35 responses to “Texans players plan a demonstration on Sunday

  1. Also some football will be played and then we can talk about the actual game.

    Now back to all the snowflakes who will say they won’t watch the game or the NFL anymore.

  2. If they really want to demonstrate maybe they should stop taking money from the “horrible” people that pay them millions a year to play a game.

  3. Inmates truly running the asylum. Seattle perfect place for this. At this point, just enjoying the former great institution that was the NFL burn to the ashes..

  4. They are “upset” over a figure of speech.

    NFL players are privileged and likely have been since they were in high school. Acknowledge it.

  5. Tick tock tick tock the NFL is slowly dying at the hands of SJWs and snowflake players. The white snowflake SJW fans will pout and sit in their safe-spaces wearing their skinny jeans and vapes…..and not acknowledge that this is a bad thing for the NFL. These stories are starting to overshadow the games themselves and fans are leaving in droves as well as sponsors. I’m not watching today…..but will post in PFT because you can actually not watch yet be on the internet.

  6. If I may offer a viewpoint not often expressed on PFT. The white male backlash to BLM and CK has historical comparisons to Paul Robeson, Rosa Parks, MLK and Malcolm X. Each one of those individuals is now iconic. I wish these threads were maintaied for prosperity because what many of you see as “patriotic” will have a very different look through an historical retrospective.

  7. Tigerlilac: your 11:18, 10/29

    1) How do you know it’s all white male (racist) backlash?
    2) Are you seriously comparing Colin Kaepernick to any one of those 4 individuals?
    3) “Maintaied for prosperity” – spell much?

  8. Let me be sure I understand.

    1) Owner McNair makes inane comment about ”the inmates running the asylum”
    2) Inmates, in a fit of high dudgeon, announce a plan to demonstrate this Sunday, thereby proving McNair correct.

    You can’t make this up

  9. tigerlilac says:
    October 29, 2017 at 11:18 am
    If I may offer a viewpoint not often expressed on PFT. The white male backlash to BLM and CK has historical comparisons to Paul Robeson, Rosa Parks, MLK and Malcolm X. Each one of those individuals is now iconic. I wish these threads were maintaied for prosperity because what many of you see as “patriotic” will have a very different look through an historical retrospective.
    ———————————————————————————————-

    Please…..PLEASE tell me the average American isn’t this clueless. Goodness…..I literally laughed at the top of my lungs reading that! I still think “Tigerlilac” was joking; right?

  10. No, I am not joking. Every individual I mentioned was attacked for their political actions. Ali, an African American sports figure, was as well. Carlos and Thomas were attacked. Each and every one of these people are looked at favorably now and their actions, in retrospect, are seen as courageous. Those are facts.

  11. There are many to blame for this, every player and owner has some guilt. To me the league needs a better leaser and we can all thank Roger for much of this mess. His lack of leadership and inability to forsee… anything is at the center of all of this.

  12. Harrisonhits2 – I honestly wish I could tell you the average American isn’t “this clueless”, and a year or 2 ago I probably could have, but I’m afraid that is no longer possible.

  13. tigerlilac says:
    October 29, 2017 at 11:18 am
    If I may offer a viewpoint not often expressed on PFT. The white male backlash to BLM and CK has historical comparisons to Paul Robeson, Rosa Parks, MLK and Malcolm X. Each one of those individuals is now iconic. I wish these threads were maintaied for prosperity because what many of you see as “patriotic” will have a very different look through an historical retrospective.
    ——
    Sorry tiger, I do appreciate a rare leftist attempt at wisdom, but it’s not just white males with this backlash. It’s generally people that have observed life for a few more years than you. BLM’s violent and racist at it’s core, similar in many ways to KKK, MLK would denounce it. And I’d be happy not have Malcom X’s approval in any form.

  14. This thing just won’t go away, and the longer it sticks around and escalates, the more the average fan doesn’t have the stomach for this crap.

    I don’t want my social justice served to me on a football field by privileged millionaire football players, or opposed by billionaire idiot owners.

    Take this battle elsewhere, and just play god-damned football!

  15. Actually, McNair misspoke the quote. It goes as follows:
    “the inmates are running the asylum”
    MEANING
    The people least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge. Said especially when the result is total chaos or calamity.

    Grow up ingrates!

  16. I am 63. White male. Business owner. I first experienced overt racism as a young boy in Georgia when I, from the north, followed a black man into a segregated restroom. He told my mother he didn’t care if she didn’t care.

    Feel free to disagree with me but what I wrote in the above posts is true. BLM and CK will be viewed in a much different light 50 years from now.

  17. Sounds like something 8th graders spend time on. If God have given me the ability to play the game at this level the owner could dress me up in a pink tutu during the game and I would happily cash my million dollar checks.

  18. 1historian says:
    October 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm
    Harrisonhits2 – I honestly wish I could tell you the average American isn’t “this clueless”, and a year or 2 ago I probably could have, but I’m afraid that is no longer possible.
    ——————————————————————

    Yep, Trump got elected. Did it for me, too.

  19. tigerlilac says:
    October 29, 2017 at 12:36 pm
    I am 63. White male. Business owner. I first experienced overt racism as a young boy in Georgia when I, from the north, followed a black man into a segregated restroom. He told my mother he didn’t care if she didn’t care.

    Feel free to disagree with me but what I wrote in the above posts is true. BLM and CK will be viewed in a much different light 50 years from now.

    Most today are/prefer colorblind, including cops; just not the racist BLM. It’s not just these ingrate 1%ers, everyone has challenges, but with vision and hard work, Americans of all races do have success. I’m tired of everything being about race.. thanks Barry Obama. Your experience was real but outdated and more significant because of young age. My business ownership has certainly taught me differently than you. If you’re correct about BLM and CK in 50 years, It’ll be an America I’ll be glad to be gone from.

  20. NFL players have reached the pinnacle of their profession through hard work and performance. They are one of the most philanthropic professions and have many interracial friendships for life. They come from all walks of life. Calling them “ingrates” because they don’t act submissively to authority figures like McNair or the grandstanding of politicians makes little sense.

  21. “NFL players have reached the pinnacle of their profession through hard work and performance. They are one of the most philanthropic professions and have many interracial friendships for life. They come from all walks of life. Calling them “ingrates” because they don’t act submissively to authority figures like McNair or the grandstanding of politicians makes little sense.”

    No! Calling them “INGRATES” because they are ungrateful for their opportunity to play in the NFL.
    They have a God-given talent and choose to abuse the people that pay them to exhibit that God-given talent.

  22. tigerlilac says:
    October 29, 2017 at 2:09 pm
    NFL players have reached the pinnacle of their profession through hard work and performance. They are one of the most philanthropic professions and have many interracial friendships for life. They come from all walks of life. Calling them “ingrates” because they don’t act submissively to authority figures like McNair or the grandstanding of politicians makes little sense.

    Tiger, If you’re truly a business owner, you should know. Your employees matter, but it’s your butt on the line, your name on the check, and your rules. Only way to keep a business solvent. Many folks in many trades and professions use hard work to develop elite skills in their trade or profession, and develop many interracial friendships. Non-issue. These player/employees have become a distraction and disrespectful not only to the hand that feeds, but to all Americans, past and present in their repugnant choice of symbolism. They have significantly damaged the NFL’s business, both now and in the future and are ingrates in the truest sense of the word. If any of my employees lacked respect for me and pulled distractions damaging my business on company time, they’d be burnt toast! McNair lacks the stones to do this, so the dumpster fire that’s become the NFL continues. While I couldn’t disagree more strongly with their position, if they did it on their own time, I’d have no problem. As a leftist, you agree with their point, but I’ll bet your tune would change if it was a conservative Christian or “White Lives Matter” protest. Not sure if you’ll get it, but the takeaway is.. let’s keep a great merit based game free of politics from all sides.

  23. The ultimate racist statement is that black dominance of sports is god-given and not due to hard work.

    The next racist statement is that black athletes are “ingrates” because they are not boot lickers.

  24. OMG Get over yourself Lilac, all employees of all races have time where they are figurative “boot lickers”, just don’t make millions. You seem to be like most sensitive snowflakes, expecting to find racism in every place you look. But all you’ve got is an Obama hammer, so everything looks like a racist nail.

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