On Saturday, Jerome Solomon, a columnist for Houston Chronicle talked with two National Football League agents and said that the Texans don't have any interest in those players who took part in pregame kneel downs in the form of protesting.
The Texans had their own controversy during the season after team owner Bob McNair said that "we can't have the inmates running the prison" during a meeting of NFL owners about players who protest by kneeling during the national anthem. McNair apologized for the remark and met the players, but this attempt was not successful as several players walked out. After a sack of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who spent the season sitting on the bench during the anthem, celebrated by taking a knee at midfield.
If the claims the agents made turn out to be true, and the Texans are purposely avoiding players who protested, it could become another PR nightmare for both the team and the NFL. Many players depicted their aggression and disapproval to McNair on social media.
Trump has been sharply critical of the NFL's protests, and his comments at a rally in Alabama before Week 3, in which he advocated that teams fire "son of a b-" players who declined to stand during the anthem, sparked large demonstrations by players before games across the league.
Trump triggered an outcry after sharply criticizing players who kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to draw attention to social issues.