Texans veteran speaks on Bill O’Brien’s decision to kneel
Bill O’Brien has certainly made a lot of shaky decisions during the offseason. His decision to kneel with his players during the national anthem, however, seems to be one of full conviction. His players are making it known that they respect their head coach’s plan.
O’Brien has spoken out a lot about the injustices being faced by African Americans. He said he’d definitely take the knee when the time comes.
“Yeah, I’ll take a knee — I’m all for it,” O’Brien recently told the Houston Chronicle. “The players have a right to protest, a right to be heard, and a right to be who they are. They’re not taking a knee because they’re against our flag. They’re taking a knee because they haven’t been treated equally in this country for over 400 years.”
In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Texans’ linebacker Jacob Martin let everyone know just how he felt.
“I think that speaks volumes,” Martin said during a video call, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “As a coach, he doesn’t understand necessarily what some of his black players go through, but he’s an ally for sure. Someone who’s speaking out and using his platform to learn not only for himself, but to teach those around him. I think that’s very important to have from the top.
“We had talked about it on the calls we’ve had as players talking about using our platforms and using the Texans’ platforms along with the McNairs’ to help Houston move in the right direction to get the changes that we seek. It needs to be something that’s radical and something that happens as soon as possible, especially now when we have all of the eyes on the movement. I think that’s huge.”
Martin is a strong advocate for social change. To hear about his coach on the sidelines willing to fight for the same purpose just transcends the sports itself.
He’s definitely going to leave it all on the field for his coach, because O’Brien was willing to do the same for him off of it.