Houston Texans Won't Sign Anthem Protesters



In exchanges about players who protested during the national anthem, he said: "we cant have the inmates running the prison".

The Chronicle also reported that there is "no directive within the organization" but it is "considered to be understood" that the group of free agent signees and draftees coming into the franchise won't include anyone who has participated in past protests or is likely to in the future. More recently, a report claimed that, under the direction of McNair, the Texans are intent on avoiding any free agent players who have staged such demonstrations.

"I have no intention of forcing our players to stand during the anthem and I regret that my comments have been misconstrued", Ross said in a statement. He later apologized, but his comments caused a divide between ownership and players, with most of the team taking a knee the following Sunday in protest. After the report surfaced regarding his words, Texans star DeAndre Hopkins skipped practice and other players contemplated a walk out.

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The Texans, who are poised for a bounce-back season in 2018 with Deshaun Watson under center, have a chance to make a big splash in the open market thanks to a favorable salary cap situation.

President Trump thrust the issue of protesting players into the national headlines past year, urging a national boycott of the "disgraceful" league until NFL officials and owners cracked down on athletes who disrespect the flag. However, there's a chance Houston will stay away from players who made on-field statements regarding off-the-field issues.

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