Texans coach Bill O'Brien ready to take a knee: 'I'm all for it'

Texans mentor Bill O’Brien completely ready to get a knee: ‘I’m all for it’

Just one NFL coach reported he’s all set to consider a knee throughout the nationwide anthem up coming time with his gamers to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

“Yeah, I’ll get a knee — I’m all for it,” Houston Texans coach Invoice O’Brien informed the Houston Chronicle on Friday. “The players have a proper to protest, a right to be heard and a appropriate to be who they are.

“They’re not using a knee for the reason that they are towards our flag. They’re using a knee since they have not been dealt with similarly in this country for more than 400 yrs.”

O’Brien, together with Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair, JJ Watt and several other players, attended George Floyd’s funeral earlier this week. The 50-calendar year-previous, who will be moving into his seventh period as the Texans’ mentor, spoke past week about the condition of race relations in the United States, expressing, “We all have to stand up and comprehend that what is heading on in this region correct now is incorrect.”

O’Brien also strongly supported his players taking a knee in 2017 soon after then-owner Bob McNair, who died in 2018, was intensely criticized for declaring throughout an owner meeting that “we just can’t have the inmates working the prison.” That was in reference to player demonstrations and protests all through the countrywide anthem at the time.

Bill O'Brien
Bill O’BrienAP

“I aid my players 100 percent,” O’Brien said just after the very first video game performed due to the fact that controversy erupted. “I appreciate my players. I aid them 100 percent.”

In Friday’s Chronicle report, O’Brien also explained he thinks the Texans’ organization — led by operator Janice McNair and the rest of the relatives — is “trying to come across strategies to combat racial injustice in this place.” Janice acquired ownership of the team.

“It wasn’t a acutely aware exertion,” O’Brien told the internet site, referring to the Texans’ reaction to Floyd’s loss of life. “It was not like we experienced a conversation together and resolved to do it. I believe we just said enough is enough, and we have obtained to do what is right. As an organization, we’re part of the dialogue, and we want to do our aspect.”

Floyd, 46, died on May possibly 25 in Minneapolis following police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for much more than 8 minutes just after Floyd was suspected of spending a counterfeit $20 bill.

Chauvin is struggling with the charge of 2nd-degree murder, in addition to the initial prices of 3rd-diploma murder and second-diploma manslaughter with culpable negligence.