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Most Houston Texans players kneel after 'inmate' comments from owner

30 October 2017, 01:38 | Susie Olson

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During a meeting of NFL owners earlier in October, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said "we can't have the inmates running the prison", referring to player demonstrations during the national anthem.

The protest comes in the wake of some controversial comments from the Texans owner.

More than 30 members of the Houston Texans took a knee and several sat during the anthem before Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks in protest of owner Bob McNair's comment that "we can't have the inmates running the prison".

The league-wide protests began early in the 2016 season when Colin Kaepernick made a decision to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and inequality against minorities. And that's exactly what they did before Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

McNair issued an apology on Saturday, essentially stating that he's bad at metaphors.

McNair publicly apologized on Friday and Saturday.


"I think it angered a lot of players, including myself", Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown told reporters on Friday.

After McNair said those words last week at the league meeting, ESPN said the comment "stunned some in the room".

National Football League players reacted by kneeling during the anthem and linking arms, and some refused to take the field while "The Star Spangled Banner" played.

It is the first time this year that any Texans players have demonstrated during the anthem, beyond when the team stood with linked arms during Week 3.

He says he wasn't referring to the players in what he calls a "very regretful comment".

About ten players stood with their hands over their hearts, according to The Houston Chronicle.



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