Texans dispute report regarding lack of interest in free agents who protested

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The Texans have reacted strongly to a Houston Chronicle report regarding the team’s potential lack of interest in free agents who protested during the national anthem.

“A recent report that suggests the Houston Texans would not sign a player who has protested in support of social justice issues is categorically false and without merit,” the team said in a statement posted by Texans P.R. director Amy Palcic on Twitter. “The Texans ownership, coaching, personnel, and executive staff sign and hire employees based on talent, character and fit within our organization.”

The report from Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle cited a pair of unnamed agents who claimed that the “word is the Texans aren’t interested” in any players who participated in protests. The report was picked up by various outlets, including SportsBusiness Daily.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the first player to protest, has found himself shunned by the NFL. It will be interesting to see whether other players who protested experience similar difficulties if/when they are looking for work, starting with 49ers safety Eric Reid, a looming free agent who supported Kaepernick and who has spoken out against the deal struck by some of the players with the NFL.

47 responses to “Texans dispute report regarding lack of interest in free agents who protested

  1. It does not matter…. Just as these tool bags have the right to protest…. Every employer has the right to not hire them…. Deal with it…. Its funny because if you pulled the protesting crap at a REAL job, they would fire you in a heartbeat…. Unless of course if you were in sanctuaryfornia

  2. “…hire employees based on talent, CHARACTER and fit within our organization.”.

    How is that disputing the report? If the Texans aren’t interested in race bickering/dividing kneelers, it’s because they consider that a “character” flaw and those types of players don’t “fit within our organization”.

  3. I support the players protest. But I also support the teams not wanting to sign the players they don’t want to, based on those protests.

    Anything else would be hypocritical.

  4. It’s not just about kneeling with CK. It’s about declining play and physical talent, lack of leadership, wearing pig socks, supporting a person like Castro, racist remarks coming out of his camp towards a 1st ballet HoF legend..add it all up and he’s a majorly divisive figure that offers average results at the most important position.

  5. I support the protests, but wouldn’t it be fair to include that under the “character” assessment? Again, I support their right to protest, and I agree with the sentiment behind their protests, but speaking truth to power is inherently perilous. That’s kind of the point, that they put their humanity and social conscience first, ahead of concerns for money or stature in the game. That’s what makes them brave, that’s why people take notice and that’s why we keep talking about it. If there are no stakes, then nobody cares, and their gestures are empty and futile.

    Nobody talks about the bravery of Occupy Wall Street, because none of those people were sacrificing anything. We remember the marchers on Selma, Birmingham etc because of the brutality they endured and the change it effected in our country. I’m sure these players would rather be associated with the latter, in which case, they understand their behavior may come with negative consequences. Colin Kaepernick bringing suit against the league just shows how fake his protest was, but don’t conflate his pageantry with the real patriotism and American spirit of the rest of the players who put their careers on the line.

  6. I’m all for freedom of speech/expression. Not it agreement of the platform they used, but it got the point across.

    That said, I wouldn’t mind having Eric Reid in Houston. He’d make a nice enforcer to pair with our coverage safety in Dre Hal

  7. Some folks in the media have compared C.Kaepernick to Muhammad Ali. Ali was protesting REAL injustice of his day. And not PERCEIVED injustice of CK and the other lemmings that followed his ill conceived protest. Plus Ali didn’t protest when folks PAID their money to see him perform his craft in the ring. I’m a black man who was born in the Jim Crow south and I can tell you we are light years ahead of when I was born. Yes there are some things that we can do better and I believe WE as a society WILL get it done.

  8. If they hire based on talent, character and fit then they might avoid protesting players. Seems to me the team is scared to voice their position as talented free agents would likely choose to play elsewhere! Its not a winning formula for attracting the best talent.

  9. Regardless of what you think of Kap as a player, he was spot on with the protest. Unarmed people shouldn’t be shot sitting in cars or walking on the streets by cops.

  10. So what if they don’t want to sign trouble. This is still a free country, isn’t it?

  11. Imagine if we all took knees every morning before work from lawyers , semi drivers, cashiers at stores. There’s a place and time for everything. Just play football n do more charity work for the cause you want people.

  12. Distract my business, offend my customers (fans) lower my earnings, then wonder WHY I choose to hire someone else of similar talent…HMMM?
    Some people just want to be the victim.

  13. The Chronicle article was more angled towards players being upset about McNair’s statement on the inmates running the prison. Jerome Solomon has endless writings that have a racial lean.
    It read more like a personal shot at the Texans, which Solomon has priors. (pun intended)

  14. thrifty says:
    March 5, 2018 at 10:55 pm
    I’m all for it – freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences.
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    Not a freedom of speech issue. The NFL/owners are not the government. Therefore, they cannot restrict speech.

    It’s like you guys go to one central place for all your talking points and parrot them endlessly, even if they are factually incorrect.

  15. I kinda hope Reid gets the same treatment, the guy is a punk.

    Regardless of whether what they’re doing is right, they need to realize that the majority of NFL football fans are straight, white, middle aged, conservative men. At least, the ones buying tickets, real merchandise, and DirecTV packages. Straight, white, middle aged, conservative men don’t really care about their message or their perceived injustice.

    We’ve just worked hard for 40+ hours all week and want to drink beer, sit on our couches (or stadium seats) and enjoy the 3 hours (per game) that it gets our mind off of the next mindless, souless 40+ hours we have ahead of us.

    No, players aren’t just puppets for our amusement, but if they don’t like the consumer they’re becoming millionaires playing a game in front of each week, maybe they should find a new profession, one that will allow them to SJW all day long and not worry about the straight, white, middle aged, conservative white men.

  16. It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not – if players believe it (and the money isn’t a heck of a lot better than any other offers) the Texans will have a hard time getting FAs.

  17. Cool. While the rest of the league is willing to sign every free agent, they intentionally limit their options. Watching the Texans shot themselves in the foot on the field has become a national pasttime. Now we can add dumb, limiting behavior that puts them at a competitive disadvantage before the game even starts to the list of things to watch.

  18. “…fit within our organization,” is their out. Standing up to the man doesn’t fit McNair.

  19. safety Eric Reid would help my Panthers a lot & i’m all for signing him & than drafting his brother BUT let’s be real they won’t sign Eric Reid cause he sit for the National anthem Ron Rivera say it’s there right to do that he won’t but I’m sure those over Rivera won’t sign him

  20. i’m shocked that teams aren’t lining up to sign past their prime players who could hurt ticket sales, ratings, divide the locker room, and be a team distraction. Shocked I tell you.

  21. thrifty says:
    March 5, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    I’m all for it – freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences.
    _________________________________________________________
    Consequences for protesting peacefully? What is this, communist Russia?

  22. A pair of unnamed agents who stated ‘word is the Texans aren’t interested’ ?
    It’s this kind of reporting that makes TMZ look like the Wall Street Journal.

  23. Eric Reid is done, you side with the losers you get loser rewards. Kneeling was his only attribute, and as a #3 safety, not a starter, who needs that nonsense on their team.

    You see what it did for Marcus peters? Only 2 teams had interest and both were in California where that crap is at least somewhat accepted. And Marcus is a top 5 cb in the league. Morons, all of them!

  24. Besides talent, character and fit, there might be a general tendency to prefer not to sign free agents whose last name rhymes with Shmaepernik.

  25. Most of the players who continued to kneel are rubbish on the field (when they can get on), so who would sign them anyway?

  26. Change it to “probably aren’t interested” and the story magically becomes true.
    Owner wants to have it both ways. It doesn’t work like that.

  27. Being in Houston, I read the Chronicle on a daily basis. Jerome Solomon is by far the worst “journalist” the Chron has. He is more interested in making up stories that fit his racist narrative than actually reporting REAL news. He “heard” this from 2 “unnamed” sources? So he is just spreading a rumor, correct?
    Also, as far as the protesting during the anthem goes…. If you want to protest, then protest. Just know that a lot of the people who sign your checks don’t agree with it and don’t have to keep you around so you can continue to make your millons.
    I find it funny they pick the anthem as the time to protest, but as soon as the season is over so are the protests. I have yet to hear of any kneeling player to continue to protest or try to help or further a “cause” during the off-season. I guess their cause isn’t important enough that it constitutes cutting into their free time.

  28. RGIII was also shunned by the NFL. Like Kaepernick, he’s just not any good in anything but a collegiate junk-offense and has absolutely failed when he’s tried to run a real NFL offense.

    BUt you never talk about him. You never bring it up. It’s always ‘blackballing.’

    You know what, nobody wants a back-up level QB who can’t run a complex NFL offense.

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    variant703 says:
    March 6, 2018 at 2:04 am

    Not a freedom of speech issue. The NFL/owners are not the government. Therefore, they cannot restrict speech.

    It’s like you guys go to one central place for all your talking points and parrot them endlessly, even if they are factually incorrect.
    —-

    He’s speaking concept. Something you absolutists seem to miss every time you recycle THIS talking point.

    And, actually, private employers can regulate your ‘free speech.’ Because they’re not the government. So you’re doubly wrong.

  30. moseszd says:
    March 6, 2018 at 9:26 am
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    variant703 says:
    March 6, 2018 at 2:04 am

    Not a freedom of speech issue. The NFL/owners are not the government. Therefore, they cannot restrict speech.

    It’s like you guys go to one central place for all your talking points and parrot them endlessly, even if they are factually incorrect.
    —-

    He’s speaking concept. Something you absolutists seem to miss every time you recycle THIS talking point.

    And, actually, private employers can regulate your ‘free speech.’ Because they’re not the government. So you’re doubly wrong.
    ———-

    Yes, and that would be based on certain criteria which this doesn’t fall under. Also, the argument can be made that this would be retaliation by the owners correct?

  31. “fissilemissile says:
    March 6, 2018 at 12:56 am

    We should’ve benched those guys who threw tea in the harbor.”

    Comparing a real issue affecting all Americans vs a blown out of proportion issue affecting a few knuckleheads who dont want to drop to the ground when told to do so by law enforcement…nice try

  32. Seems like the rumors were true. Damn near 70m in cap space and plenty of positional upgrade talent and Texans aren’t in the talks with any. Actions speak louder than words.

    BTW, if you think a person’s job is to “shut up and play”, then how come all of yall are in the comment sections not shutting up and doing your job? The answer is because we are human and hopefully have empathy. Ask yourself why are you so opposed to people wanting better for others? Better yet, maybe I will go ask the Texans front office

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