The Texans are a team that has been on the wrong end of political controversy and the most recent one has to do with the team’s president, Tom Savage.
The NFLPA has sued the team for $1.1 million over a tweet Savage sent in March 2016, in which he praised the players protesting during the national anthem.
Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett said at the time that Savage’s comments “have no place in our community, and we will not stand for them.”
The tweet was retweeted more than 8,000 times and Savage was reprimanded by the team.
The Texans have denied any wrongdoing.
Savage has since apologized, but it’s been tough to get a sense of the team as a whole.
Texans fans are quick to praise Savage’s performance on the field and some fans in the stands have been singing “We love the Texans.”
But there’s also the question of how fans respond to his tweets.
Savage’s tweet about the players, which has been viewed more than 6 million times, comes amid a national debate about race and patriotism.
Savage and the Texans have been criticized for their stance on racial inequality, for example.
A number of NFL teams have already cut ties with players who support racial equality.
In the wake of the national debate over the protests, the Texans fired offensive lineman Andre Smith and defensive end Kevin Burnett after the protests started in August.
The team said it also cut its relationship with former Houston Texans running back Raymon Givens, who was suspended for two games for his role in the protests.
The Houston Chronicle reported this week that Savage, a former NFL star who spent two seasons with the Jets before signing with the Texans in 2017, has also been fined $25,000 for his comments.
In his tweets, Savage also criticized the NFL’s decision to suspend Givins and the NFL Players Association, which is representing players and the league in its case against the NFL.
Savage said the suspension was “not fair” and “disrespectful” to the league and the players.
He also called on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to “fix the problem” of racism in the league.
Savage was suspended by the Texans on Oct. 31, and he said that the suspension wasn’t “due to my political beliefs,” according to a report from the Associated Press.
“I didn’t make it a point to say I was against the players,” Savage said.
“That’s not the reason why I was suspended.”
But he did say that he didn’t want to “give anyone a reason” to not follow the team because he was “really proud” of the Texans.
The quarterback also said that Texans owner Bob McNair was the one who “wanted to make it clear that [Savage] is not the type of person that I’d ever want to be around in the NFL.”