The Statement I would have Given if I owned the Houston Texans

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The Statement I would have Given if I owned the Houston Texans

Good After­noon.

I’d like to address the con­tro­versy about remarks made by me at the own­ers meet­ing in New York two weeks ago.

As all of you know the phrase I used has been in com­mon par­lance for decades and until I used it there had never been an issue with its usage before, but it’s my under­stand­ing that some of my play­ers have taken offense to it as if I was imply­ing that they were the equiv­a­lent of prison inmates. Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. If we didn’t respect our play­ers as both foot­ball play­ers and as men they would not be on our roster.

How­ever there are play­ers who are angry and out­raged and feel that their human­ity and man­hood has been insulted. Well, far be it from me to ques­tion someone’s feel­ings. If some of our play­ers think their honor has been vio­lated by me I cer­tainly don’t want to put them in a posi­tion where they feel uncom­fort­able at their work­place so, in that spirit I’d like to make this announcement.

Any player who can not in good con­science con­tinue to play for a team owned by me can report to my office in the next 36 hours and I will release them from their con­tract at once, allow­ing them to pur­sue employ­ment with any other team or in any other field that is con­sis­tent with their honor and man­hood. This is a risky move for our team, I know we might lose some key men and it will likely take some time to get any replace­ment sup to par, but I’d rather have a man happy to be here then to put a fel­low in a posi­tion where he doesn’t want to be. So if any player choose to depart we shall wish them well and hope for their suc­cess in any future endeavors.

How­ever hav­ing offered this out for play­ers who are dis­sat­is­fied, this orga­ni­za­tion will expect any player who chooses to remain to ded­i­cate him­self to the game and not let them­selves be dis­tracted from doing the job they have decided to remain at, and to deal with any issues they have, either with this orga­ni­za­tion or with soci­ety as a whole, off the field.

Thank you

Good Afternoon.

I’d like to address the controversy about remarks made by me at the owners meeting in New York two weeks ago.

As all of you know the phrase I used has been in common parlance for decades and until I used it there had never been an issue with its usage before, but it’s my understanding that some of my players have taken offense to it as if I was implying that they were the equivalent of prison inmates.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  If we didn’t respect our players as both football players and as men they would not be on our roster.

However there are players who are angry and outraged and feel that their humanity and manhood has been insulted.  Well, far be it from me to question someone’s feelings.  If some of our players think their honor has been violated by me I certainly don’t want to put them in a position where they feel uncomfortable at their workplace so, in that spirit I’d like to make this announcement.

Any player who can not in good conscience continue to play for a team owned by me can report to my office in the next 36 hours and I will release them from their contract at once, allowing them to pursue employment with any other team or in any other field that is consistent with their honor and manhood.  This is a risky move for our team, I know we might lose some key men and it will likely take some time to get any replacement sup to par, but I’d rather have a man happy to be here then to put a fellow in a position where he doesn’t want to be.  So if any player choose to depart we shall wish them well and hope for their success in any future endeavors.

However having offered this out for players who are dissatisfied, this organization will expect any player who chooses to remain to dedicate himself to the game and not let themselves be distracted from doing the job they have decided to remain at, and to deal with any issues they have, either with this organization or with society as a whole, off the field.

Thank you