Texans president Jamey Rootes insists he made the decision to fire Amy Palcic

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The firing of Texans P.R. director Amy Palcic continues to create P.R. problems for the team.

Among other things, the team is fighting the perception that executive V.P. of football operations and interim G.M. Jack Easterby made the decision. Team president Jamey Rootes insists that he made the unpopular move.

It was definitely my call,” Rootes said in a statement, via the Associated Press. “I gave her the role a number of years ago and felt the need to make a change. Leadership is sometimes a very lonely role and from time to time you have to make a move that impacts people that you care about deeply. This was one of those unfortunate times.”

That’s not altering the belief in league circles that the outcome carries Easterby’s fingerprints.

Palcic reportedly was told that she’s no longer a “cultural fit.” This explanation remains confusing, given that the team’s culture currently is unsettled as it looks for a new G.M. and a new head coach. Or maybe it isn’t unsettled; maybe Easterby is setting the culture, and maybe all future hires will be required to fit the culture Easterby is creating.

Some in league circles also has asked, given the timing, whether the move was influenced by the recent outcome of the presidential election.

In 2017, then-Texans tackle Duane Brown shared with PFT a story from 2008, in the aftermath of team founder Bob McNair’s infamous “[w]e can’t have the inmates running the prison” remark during the anthem controversy. Specifically, Brown said that McNair expressed dismay to players regarding the outcome of the election that saw Democratic candidate Barack Obama defeat Republican candidate John McCain.

“He came to talk to the team,” Brown said regarding McNair, who died in November 2018. “He was visibly upset about it. He said, ‘I know a lot of y’all are happy right now, but it’s not the outcome that some of us were looking for.’ That was very shocking to me.”

McNair denied making the remarks, but former Texans tight end Owen Daniels confirmed the incident.

Palcic on Saturday tweeted that the election of Vice President Kamala Harris amounts to a “historic day,” adding that “[t]o every little girl out there … you can be ANYTHING you dream of!” Palcic also retweeted a message from actress Reese Witherspoon, who called it a “monumental day.” (Palcic’s most recent tweet contains a viral video of a girl struggling (and failing) to not cackle while explaining the Trump campaign Saturday press conference not at the Four Seasons hotel but at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, a business sandwiched between a sex shop and a crematorium.)

Given that the firing came within four days after the posting of those tweets, and that the Texans had a two-week break from October 25 through November 8 during which it would have made much more sense to make the move, it’s not unreasonable to wonder whether Palcic’s celebration of the election result sparked the termination.

Whatever the reasoning and whoever made the decision, this move backfired badly on the Texans, especially since players like J.J. Watt and Kenny Stills have echoed concerns raised by many media members who worked directly with Palcic regarding her skills, abilities, and personality.

10 responses to “Texans president Jamey Rootes insists he made the decision to fire Amy Palcic

  1. regardless of your politics the fact that a woman (regardless of background) is the VP is monumental and should be celebrated.

  2. Regardless of your political views, making public comments about politics is guaranteed to tick off about 50% of bosses/co-workers/customers, etc.

  3. Also, usually it’s not a good idea if your PR person uses social media to promote their personal politics… you’d like someone so highly esteemed in this field would know better

  4. Southpaw says:
    November 12, 2020 at 9:39 am
    Also, usually it’s not a good idea if your PR person uses social media to promote their personal politics… you’d like someone so highly esteemed in this field would know better.
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    The PR person can have a personal account with social media that shares their political views. Celebrating a woman doing well I would argue isn’t really political. The views were not racist/hurtful/violent etc. She was celebrating a win. This is why it would be wrong to fire her over it. If it was from the Texans account, something totally different. This kinda resembles a lot of US politics right now – if you aren’t on my side, were enemies. You can be opponents, but still respect each others side. It does not have to be that way.

  5. The hypocrisy in this country is dumbfounding. To be sure, I do not believe in censoring people, or firing people, or refusing to hire people, etc, based on their political views.

    But with that said, the left leaning among us, that are just floored by her being fired for political views, are the very same people who celebrate when they are able to “cancel” anyone right leaning. Enough already. Its pathetic

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