Several people rallied outside NRG stadium during Sunday’s Texans game in protest of a recent statement by team owner Bob McNair.
Protesters chanted, “McNair don’t care."
Their signs painted a picture of the problem protesters have with the owner of their hometown team.
“These are not inmates,” said Jeffrey L. Boney, the associate editor for Houston Forward Times. “These are skilled, highly paid professionals who are doing a great job.”
A year after Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the National Anthem and weeks after dozens of players followed suit, Texans owner Bob McNair said the following about sideline protests:
“You can’t have inmates running the prison.”
He later clarified that he was not referring to NFL players as inmates, instead referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners.
“Well, I guess the question that we’ve come to ask is, with his apologies, and his apology statements, should those statements be taken literally?,” said Boney.
As the Texans beat the Cardinals, there were dozens of people rallied against racism, bigotry and police brutality. The core of why Kaeperneck says he took a knee.
“When it comes to you targeting our children in this wicked criminal justice system in Harris County and the State of Texas, today we come to say enough,” said Deric Muhammad, a protestor.
The Houston Texans issued another statement about the matter Sunday evening.
“We made it abundantly clear that Bob McNair was referring to the league office and its employees, not the players, when the statement in question was made. McNair’s many contributions to the community have been well documented. The Texans will continue to support our players commitment to the city.”