Houston Texans Players Protest Team Owner’s ‘Prison’ Comment

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By Becky FogelOctober 30, 2017 3:16 pm

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Astros battle and best Dodgers in Game 5

The Houston Astros are one win away from their first World Series title in franchise history.

The team’s last home game in Minute Maid Park Sunday didn’t skimp on excitement. It included 25 runs in a back and forth game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros ultimately defeated the Dodgers 13-to-12 in 10 innings.

Houston Public Media’s Brien Straw was at the game. He spoke with Astros fan Mike Dunlap who told him the three games in Houston provided a needed diversion in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. “It gives the city something to rally behind,” said Dunlap, “after knowing every person in this stadium has somebody was personally affected by the storm.”

The series now returns to Los Angeles for Game Six. The Astros will send Justin Verlander to the mound. He hasn’t lost since being traded to Houston on August 30.

Houston Texans kneel in protest of team owner’s ‘prison’ statement

Another Houston team made headlines over the weekend. On Sunday, most of the NFL’s Houston Texans knelt during the national anthem before taking on the Seattle Seahawks. It marked the first time the team as a whole had demonstrated during the anthem.

The decision to take a knee came after ESPN revealed that Texans owner Bob McNair said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.” McNair was speaking at an NFL owners meeting on how to handle ongoing protests from league players.

Many owners and players have been at odds this season over pregame protests over social injustice and police violence against people of color.

For his part, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien expressed support for his players after the loss to the Seahawks. “I support my players 100 percent,” O’Brien said. “I love my players, I support them a 100 percent.”

McNair has apologized for his comments twice – once on Friday and then during a meeting with players Saturday. He says the comments were taken out of context.

Women lead almost of half of the state’s major credit unions

More than half of all the credit unions in the United States have female leaders – and that’s the case in Texas, too.

When it comes to the five largest credit union in the state, two of them are led by women.

Jack Witthaus, a reporter for the Houston Business Journal, says a recent study from the International Monetary Fund found banks are more stable with more women in leadership.

“Attracting female leaders to banks and credit unions oftentimes, according to this study, is seen as really helpful for banks across the world,” Witthaus says.