Angered by owner McNair's comment, most Texans players kneel for anthem

Rachel Hardy
October 30, 2017

The players were responding to McNair's controversial comments during an October 18 National Football League owners meeting where he said "we can't have the inmates running the prison".

On Sunday's game in Seattle, majority of Houston Texans players took a knee during the national anthem as a symbol to protest Texans Owner Bob McNair's controversial "inmate" comments.

During an owners meeting in NY earlier this month, McNair reportedly said quote, "We can't have inmates running the prison".

McNair also met Saturday with Texans players, some of whom were reportedly prepared to boycott Sunday's game. According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Texans are planning some sort of group protest prior to the game.

McNair publicly apologized on Friday and Saturday. They did not follow reported plans to remove the Texans' logo from their helmets.

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Seven Seahawks players - five in uniform and two inactive players - sat during the anthem, continuing the protest Michael Bennett started earlier this year.

Owners did not vote to change a policy that would require players to stand for the anthem during that meeting. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players.

McNair released a second statement, arguing that he was referring to the NFL league office, not the players when he made the comment.

The national anthem protests began in 2016 when Colin Kaepernick, then a San Francisco 49ers quarterback, began sitting and later kneeling during the anthem to call attention to police shootings of unarmed black men in the United States. Several players publicly came out against the owner's comments, including veteran Duane Brown.

I wonder if some players will kneel or sit next week as well.

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