Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was expected to introduce new safety Michael Thomas on a conference call with the media Wednesday. But before he got to that, O’Brien decided to share his thoughts on George Floyd’s death.
O’Brien, 50, spoke for nearly 13 minutes. He addressed a number of topics during his statement, including police brutality.
O’Brien also admitted that he needs to do more than simply make a statement, but said he was “emotional” and “sad” following Floyd’s death.
More O'Brien:" We have to admit there are mistakes along the way. What is going on in this country is wrong. It's not just police brutality, it's corporate america, it's professional sports."— Adam Wexler (@AdamJWexler) June 3, 2020
He added that he spoke with wide receiver Kenny Stills about why Stills takes a knee before games.
O'Brien said he spent a lot of time talking to Kenny Stills about why he takes a knee.— Sarah Barshop (@sarahbarshop) June 3, 2020
Thomas, 30, eventually was introduced as a member of the Texans. He spoke about O’Brien’s statement, saying O’Brien was “thorough and spot-on.” Thomas admitted that took him by surprise.
Michael Thomas on what Bill O'Brien said: 'It's so encouraging. The temperature has changed. The tone has changed. I wasn't expecting Bill O'Brien to be that thorough and spot-on. I don't know if I could have said it better. As a young African-American man, it's very encouraging'— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) June 3, 2020
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