Texans not interested in signing players who kneel: agents
The Texans are becoming the face of the anti-kneeling portion of the NFL.
The Chronicle’s Jerome Solomon writes:
Yet, the Texans’ owner has been racially tone deaf often enough that many believe race is a significant factor in how the team runs its business.
There are many who believe if McNair could field a team with all-white, all-conforming all-pro talent, he would.
Colin Kaepernick currently has a collusion grievance against the NFL and McNair is one of the many NFL bigwigs who were deposed by the free agent quarterback’s lawyers. Kaepernick started the kneeling movement during the 2016 preseason to protest the treatment of African Americans by law enforcement.
That movement grew when President Trump called in September for any player who kneeled to be released by his team.
Get that son of a bitch off the field, Trump said at a rally.
After that, many other players kneeled or protested in other ways.
Fox’s goal is to give Thursday night a big-game feel that can stick out among the saturation of NFL games on primetime three nights a week and all day on Sunday, according to officials who have been briefed on the network’s plans. Aikman would still team with Joe Buck on Sunday’s lead game on Fox.
Fox has some major plans for Thursday, which begin with the top NFL TV free agent this offseason, Peyton Manning. The broadcast network is competing with ESPN’s Monday Night Football to try to lure Manning for its Thursday night game telecasts. If Manning decides to call games, he would give either Monday or Thursday a little extra shine.
Fox is expected to be able to offer Manning a playoff game, as the NFL will soon make it official that it is switching the one wild-card game ESPN had to FOX, which the Sports Business Journal previously reported. Besides the postseason game, Manning could be enticed by a studio role when the playoffs and Super Bowl come around, if he desires even more prominence.
The current plan for Fox is to have one broadcast crew for Thursday nights. Fox wants to figure out the analyst position before tackling who will be on play-by-play. For the pregame show on Thursdays, CBS and NBC used a combination of their broadcasters with the NFL Network, but Fox may go it alone.