Texans' players will protest Bob McNair, could remove decals, per report

Jessica Allison
October 30, 2017

The comment was published in an ESPN The Magazine story about two recent days of meetings among owners, players and others to discuss the protests that have drawn the ire of President Donald Trump.

O'Brien later said he expects the players, including Hopkins, to play this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Houston left tackle Duane Brown was quoted after practice as saying the Texan players will "reconvene" to decide how to proceed. At one point, players even considered not appearing for the contest, according to reports. "If any of the players were offended by what was reported, I'm sorry about that, and I apologized to them for that". Some league players are calling for McNair to receive similar treatment, and while that is a longshot, it's not out of the question if the ill-will lingers.

McNair is an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, who is a fierce critic of players kneeling during the anthem, and offered his solution to the issue during a recent visit to SC. Now a free agent, Kaepernick has been unable to secure a new contract from another team.

What happens next for the league is crucial.

He added that the players would not remove the team's decals from their helmets as had been discussed.

My guess is that the players on the Texans will only hold a protest this week.

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Hopkins did not return to practice along with his teammates, a decision ESPN reporter Adam Schefter said was directly related to McNair's comments. The wording was troublesome, as was the underlying message that the owners must be the ones truly in charge.

Kaepernick has been without a team since leaving the San Francisco 49ers in March, and filed a grievance against team owners for allegedly conspiring not to hire him because of his protests.

"I'm 100 percent with these players", O'Brien said.

That word was also in the statement the owner issued Friday morning that said, "I regret that I used that expression".

"Janice and I have been privileged to support great initiatives in higher education and athletics", McNair said in January.

"I know they were upset", McNair told the Chronicle.

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