MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS…

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MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS…

 

Taking a Stand

Most players on the Houston Texans took a knee during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against Seattle in protest of racially insensitive comments made by team owner Bob McNair, according to the Houston ChronicleESPN reported last week that, at an NFL owners meeting earlier this month, McNair said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” when discussing players protesting police brutality and racial injustice. Star wide receiver Deandre Hopkins and running back D’Onta Foreman left practice early on Friday in protest, and McNair publicly apologized and met privately with the team. Apparently that meeting didn’t go smoothly (when asked how it went, team leader Duane Brown told the Chronicle, “uh, not too well”). All but ten Texans players protested by kneeling during the national anthem on Sunday.

. “It was a lot of emotions going in for our team, just a huge sense of unity,” Brown told the Chronicle after the game. “We all felt like playing for each other, forgetting everything else. Once kickoff was started, we tried to block out any more distractions we had.”

 

Going Clear

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton can breathe easier after some of his legal troubles have gone away. On Friday, the Kaufman County District Attorney’s Office announced that a $100,000 donation to Paxton’s legal fund did not constitute bribery, according to the Texas Tribune. Paxton was being investigated under bribery and corrupt-influence laws after he accepted a six-figure gift from a CEO whose company was being investigated by the state for fraudIn July 2016, Austin-based medical device company Preferred Imaging LLC agreed to pay a $3.5 million settlement after a multiyear Medicaid and Medicare fraud investigation; the year before, the company’s CEO, James Webb, gave $100,000 to help Paxton’s legal defense against criminal securities fraud charges. Apparently, Paxton didn’t break any state laws limiting the gifts that public servants can receive from people subject to their jurisdiction. Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh Wiley said in a news release Friday that because Webb and Paxton had previously had a “personal relationship” and “attorney/client relationship,” the donation wasn’t a bribe.

 

Sid Being Sid

Sid Miller, the controversial (see: Jesus Shot) Texas Agriculture Commissioner, is back in trouble after posting a racist joke on his Facebook page on Sunday, according to the Houston Chronicle. “My friend was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, his savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., he decided to call the Suicide Lifeline,” Miller wrote in the post, which has since been deleted. “He got a call center in Pakistan, and when he told them he was suicidal, they got all excited and asked if he could drive a truck.” Miller has a history of posting racist and insensitive jokes to his social media pages. He once re-posed a meme suggesting “the Muslim world” should be nuked, and wrote that he wanted to slap people who wish him “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas.” His Twitter account also called Hillary Clinton the c-word on Twitter last year.