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Houston Texans deny report that they are avoiding players who protest anthem

07 March 2018

The team could make waves during free agency, if there's any merit to a perception that's making the rounds in the agents community.

Two NFL agents told the Houston Chronicle recently that the "word is" that the Texans are not interested in players who participated in pregame kneeling in protest of police brutality. In a discussion about players who were protesting during the national anthem, McNair said "we can't have the inmates running the prison", according to the network.

Ultimately, the Texans may have to pay more than other teams to get free agents to choose to join the team.

However, he backtracked on Tuesday and insisted that his comments had been "misconstrued" but conceded that he believes kneeling is an ineffective form of protest.

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That created a massive backlog of renewal applications, which can take three to five months for the agency to process. The case is tied up in appeals court and will likely end up before the Supreme Court in its next term.

There is no official directive in the organization, but it is understood that the team isn't going to pursue anyone who participated in the protests, the paper reported.

Additional caller commentary on the NFL and protests during the national anthem. Longtime former Texans left tackle Duane Brown, who raised his fist during the anthem in September 2016 and who was traded to the Seahawks shortly after the game at Seattle, noted that McNair addressed the team in 2008 and expressed his unhappiness at the electoral victory of Barack Obama.

President Trump thrust the issue of protesting players into the national headlines previous year, urging a national boycott of the "disgraceful" league until NFL officials and owners cracked down on athletes who disrespect the flag.

Trump triggered an outcry after sharply criticizing players who kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to draw attention to social issues.

Houston Texans deny report that they are avoiding players who protest anthem