"I spoke with two National Football League agents this week who said word is the Texans aren't interested in any players who participated in pregame kneel-downs in protest of police brutality", writes the Houston Chronicle.
A report in the Houston Chronicle on Saturday claimed the Texans were adopting an unofficial policy of not considering free agents who had taken part in protests, but the franchise have condemned the reports as "categorically false and without merit".
The Texans' public relations department refuted the report Monday on Twitter. "The Texans ownership, coaching, personnel and executive staff sign and hire employees based on talent, character and fit within our organization", the statement read.
United States aircraft carrier visits Vietnam, with a message for China
The Carl Vinson is filling in for the Japan-based USS Ronald Reagan, the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. The Navy now makes regular, small-scale visits to Vietnam that the service calls "Naval Engagement Activities".
Texans team owner and noted Trump donor Robert McNair landed himself in hot water back in October for his poor comments made in reference to anthem protests, saying he and his fellow owners "can't have the inmates running the prison".
"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. At a Texans practice two days before a Week 8 game at Seattle, several players walked out, reportedly including star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, and players on other teams took to social media to express their disapproval of McNair. And with the Texans entering the free agency period of the National Football League offseason, the team will look to improve on its weaknesses by getting some high-profile free agents to sign on the dotted line.
Houston traded a first round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and a first round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft in exchange for the Cleveland Browns' first round pick in 2017 in order to draft Deshaun Watson last season.