Texans release Duke Johnson after 2 seasons
The running back was cut by the Texans on Friday, as first reported by Adam Schefter and confirmed by KPRC 2. Johnson, who spent two seasons in Houston, later thanked the fans on Instagram. The Texans acquired Johnson from the Cleveland Browns before the 2019 season, sending a third-round draft pick in exchange for the running back. Johnson largely played a back-up role to Carlos Hyde in the first season and David Johnson in the second. In the 2020 season, Johnson carried the ball 77 times for 235 yards and one touchdown in 11 games, according to the NFL Network.
Athletes act: Stars rise up against racial injustice in 2020
The NBA painted “Black Lives Matter” on the courts inside their Orlando, Florida, “bubble" and social justice messages were emblazoned on the backs of jerseys. Paul met with NBA players, and they decided awareness wasn’t enough anymore. “Black Lives Matter” also was featured prominently on the league’s courts. Wallace, the only full-time Black driver at the NASCAR national level, first began speaking out against racial injustice in America in the spring. His car featured a “Black Lives Matter” paint scheme.
Cook has 2 TDs as Vikings get 1st win, 31-23 over Texans
The Minnesota Vikings have reason for optimism after holding off a late rally by the now-despondent Houston Texans on Sunday. The Vikings missed a 55-yard field goal attempt on their next possession before Watson and Fuller hooked up again. Fuller made a 43-yard reception to get the Texans to the 8-yard line, but Houston settled for a 25-yard field goal to get within 17-16. Minnesota added a 31-yard field goal to make it 10-0 and a field goal by Houston midway through the second quarter cut the lead to a touchdown. Houston had a first down at the 10-yard line just before halftime but settled for a 28-yard field goal as many in the crowd of 12,102 booed loudly.
Bill O’Brien, several Texans players take a knee during National Anthem
HOUSTON – Prior to the beginning of the Texans home opener against the Baltimore Ravens, head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien took a knee, along with several Texans players, during the National Anthem on Sunday. The Texans players taking a knee included Deshaun Watson, Kenny Stills, Justin Reid, Eric Murray, Keion Crossin, Randall Cobb, Deandre Carter and Vernon HargreavesIn Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Texans stayed in the locker room for the national anthem.
To play or not to play? Michael Thomas shares Texans social action priorities for the season
HOUSTON New Texans safety Michael Thomas has been one of the more outspoken NFL players on issues of police brutality and social justice. The Aldine Nimitz graduate is now back in his hometown and working on community change with Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills. Those are some things that we can pass that can create real change because thats the type of accountability were looking for: to change the laws of qualified immunity, Thomas said. NBA, WNBA players boycottThomas called the decision for the NBA and the WNBA players to boycott games powerful.Before I even start, I have to give a lot of credit to the WNBA players, he said. Those who have the power and ability to change these laws that need to be changed in order for us to have real change when it comes to not police reform, he said.
No football talk as Titans safety sticks to racial injustice
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro made clear he won't let the fight against racial injustice recede from the conversation even as Tennessee returned to practice Friday. I know for me, the next step is just taking action, getting in the communities, being a shining light and an example, Vaccaro said. Not just a black square that everybody in the world posted on Instagram and thought that meant something. Asked if sitting out a regular-season game has been discussed, Vaccaro said the Titans haven't planned that far ahead. Vaccaro also has talked with safety Kevin Byard about how children look up to athletes as heroes with few Martin Luther King Jrs.
Felony charge against Breonna Taylor protesters dropped
Cameron said he still has no timeline for when his office will conclude its investigation of the case.About two dozen protestors were arrested. (Mary Ann Gerth/Courier Journal via AP)LOUISVILLE, Ky. A prosecutor announced Friday that he is dropping a felony charge against dozens of protesters who gathered at the Kentucky Attorney General's home to demand justice in Breonna Taylor's death. Many protests in recent weeks have pushed for Cameron to move swiftly to charge three officers in Taylor's killing. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot when police officers burst into her Louisville apartment using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation. The warrant to search her home was in connection with a suspect who did not live there and no drugs were found.
True Hero! Houston Texans players rally behind Kenny Stills after he was arrested during a Breonna Taylor protest
All rights reserved)HOUSTON Houston Texans Wide Receiver Kenny Stills was arrested during a Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville. In Louisville, several protesters, including Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams were arrested. Stills is facing a felony charge and his teammates and others reacted across social media. Justin Reid (@jreid_viii) July 15, 2020According to ESPNs Cameron Wolfe, Stills has been released from jail, and added his own thoughts. So Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) was just released from jail 30 mins ago.
Texans receiver Kenny Stills shows off new Black Lives Matter tattoo
HOUSTON Kenny Stills is speaking out through a new tattoo. The Houston Texans wide receiver showed off his tattoo on his Instagram account Wednesday, featuring a protester holding a Black Lives Matter sign. On the tattoo, which was done on his right leg, also featured protesters holding signs reading We protest school segregation and We demand equal rights now!Stills already had a tattoo of a Memphis protester holding a sign that read I Am A Man on the same leg, done previously, according to ESPN. Since last month, Stills has been active on social media speaking out on racism and social injustice. He also attended George Floyds funeral on June 9, and participated in a social justice march for Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, ESPN reported.
Colin Kaepernick has more support now, still long way to go
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)When Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to take a stand against police brutality and racial injustice in 2016, he was mostly alone. Global opinion has shifted so much that more people are now vilifying those who attack Kaepernick or misrepresent his stance. I have had many people attempt to discourage our support of Colin, which is unthinkable to me. He is encouraged because more folks support Kaepernicks movement but realizes theres a long way to go.
This is what Texans head coach Bill O’Brien had to say about the death of George Floyd
HOUSTON – The timing was right for Texans general manager and head coach Bill O’Brien to open up about his opinions and emotions following the death of Houston native, George Floyd. “The Floyd family has been an unbelievable example for this country ... topped off by yesterday, with 60,000 people down there at the (Discovery) Green in downtown Houston," O’Brien said. Houston unites and Houston is uniting around the Floyd family. I think a lot of that has to do with the example of the Floyd family. I think as a white head football coach in the National Football League, it’s important to speak out.