Preview: “Inmates” On Houston Texans More Focused On Protesting Than On Road Against Playing One Of NFL’s Best Teams?
As Rahm Emanuel once said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
Texans OT Duane Brown told @JosinaAnderson that he anticipates “65-70 percent” of his teammates will kneel today. Won’t remove helmet decals
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2017
So of course, members of — make that “players who receive paychecks from” — the Houston Texans are just so, so, so offended by the fact that their President Trump-supporting team owner, Bob McNair, when discussing the Colin Kaepernick-/BLM-driven NFL revenues meltdown, used the common-to-the-point-of-cliche metaphorical phrase “we can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair (Image source: Deadspin.com)
And, yes, actually being offended (as opposed to “pretending to be offended”) by that metaphor requires actually the step in logic that personally receiving multimillion-dollar contracts to play a children’s game is the equivalent of personally being in prison. But of course remember, when it comes to logical thinking, keep in mind that the hero of “the struggle,” Colin Kaepernick, actually wore a Fidel Castro shirt during his ongoing kvetching last season about “oppression.”
Anyhow, as AOL News reported:
Texans players met late Saturday to discuss how to protest as a team against Houston’s owner Bob McNair over his controversial “inmates running the prison” comment.
“The players could decide to all kneel together, and also discussed peeling the Texans decal off of their helmets or raising their fists,” according to ESPN.
Whatever their demonstration winds up being, it won’t be revealed before the game against the Seahawks.
McNair apologized for his words multiple time this weekend, saying: “I am truly sorry to the players for how this has impacted them and the perception that it has created of me, which could not be further from the truth.”
Here’s the big problem: where are the Texans players’ priorities?!?
They entered Sunday a half-game out of first place in a tight AFC North … It’s not like we’re talking about the winless Cleveland Browns or San Francisco 49ers, for whom the season is, for all practical purposes, over.
And the Texans are playing the Seattle Seahawks, one of the NFL’s elite teams over the last five years, and 4-2 so far this season. Additionally, the Seahawks’ stadium is particularly loud aka hostile for opposing teams. (And, beyond that, getting to Seattle involves a long trip over two time zones, so extra sleep might not have been a bad idea.)
Furthermore, star Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins actually skipped a critical Thursday practice because he was offended by the owner’s comments, and the rest of his teammates had considered doing the same.
So should the Texans really have been so focused on “protesting”? After all, it’s not like any of their generous game checks hadn’t cleared! (Prison inmates should be so lucky…)