No longer able to stand by quietly amidst the injustice inflicted on Houstonian George Floyd, the leader of your Houston Texans prepared and delivered a message via video today to the fans of the Texans, citizens of Houston, and the world at large.
Stating he was speaking on behalf of the Texans on one hand and from his own personal point of view on the other, O’Brien was insistent that things need to change and they need to change now.
“We all have to stand up and understand that what is going on in this country right now is wrong. It’s wrong. Relative to many, many things. It’s not just police brutality, although that’s what we’re talking about right now. It’s corporate America. It’s professional sports. It’s the medical area. It’s the legal area. We all have to do our part. We all have to do it now.
It’s 400 years ago [when Africans were brought to the colonies as slaves]. It’s segregation. It’s police brutality. It’s not equal opportunities. It’s so much deeper. ... And we have to stand with the black community and we have to heed the call to action and challenge each other to live out the change that we want to see. I’m emotional. ... I’m sad. I’m frustrated because I’m questioning, ‘What can I do?’ I’ve got to do more.”
O’Brien announced he would give the team the day off on June 9th so that those who were able could attend the funeral of George Floyd here in Houston.
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