Kenny Stills takes a knee during national anthem in his first Texans game
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The Houston Texans’ new wide receiver, Kenny Stills, took a knee during the national anthem before his first game playing for the team on Monday.

In footage captured of the moment, Stills could be seen kneeling while “The Star Spangled Banner” played ahead of the team’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. The move comes roughly a week after the athlete was traded to the team from the Miami Dolphins.

While taking to reporters about the moment after the game, Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said “Kenny exercised his right, his prerogative, I’m not going to really get into that.”

“I’ve talked to Kenny, Kenny’s a good guy, very smart guy, very articulate guy and he’s really good football player ... so, glad to have him here,” he continued. 


The demonstration comes as no surprise from Stills, who has been vocal about his political views and the causes he supports, such as fighting racial inequality and police brutality, throughout his time playing for the league. 

He first joined former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem before games in 2016 to protest the treatment of people of color in the United States — and said he planned to continue kneeling over the summer.

The move comes weeks after the player captured headlines last month for calling out Stephen Ross, the owner of the Miami, over his plans to host a campaign fundraiser for President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE.

Around that time, Stills had also called out Jay-Z for partnering with the NFL on a social justice initiative after the rapper said “we’ve moved past kneeling and I think it’s time to go into actionable items.” 

"He could have reached out to Colin,” Stills said at the time, according to Sports Illustrated. "He could have reached out to me. Some of the ways that he answered his questions, talking about ‘We’re moving past kneeling’ — like he ever protested. He’s not an NFL player. He’s never been on a knee."