In an attempt to bridge the growing divide brought forth by NFL players protesting the treatment of minorities at the hands of law enforcement, the Houston Texans sent a contingent to meet with officials in Texas’ largest state.
According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, owner Bob McNair led a group of Texans, including three players, in a face-to-face meeting with the city’s mayor and law enforcement officials.
The reason for this meeting is rather clear.
It’s an attempt to talk out the issues that have plagued not only Texas but the entire United States over the past several years.
Police forces seemingly utilizing a heavy-handed approach, primarily directing it at minority populations. This has been taken to a whole new level over the past couple years with multiple unarmed African-Americans being killed in police-related incidents.
Led by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, multiple NFL players have protested perceived police brutality by sitting out the national anthem prior to games this year.
“We initiated the meeting because we have some players concerned about the relations between the police and the African-American community,” McNair said. “The purpose of the meeting was to ask if we could sit down and talk and see if we can do something positive.”
The meeting included three Texans offensive linemen, general manager Rick Smith and head of security Emmett Baylor.
It also comes on the heels of Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown deciding to include himself in the national anthem protest prior to a Week 3 game against the New England Patriots (more on that here).
This is the dialogue that’s needed. Divisiveness on this topic won’t bring about the change that we’re sure both sides want.
Meeting with one another, understanding the differences, and looking to bridge them. That should lead to an advancement in relations between the communities and those sworn to protect them.
In this, we give both the city of Houston and the Texans credit for doing something we simply haven’t seen from others in recent months.