Majority of Texans players kneel after owner Bob McNair's 'inmates' remark

Rosalie Stanley
October 30, 2017

Comment below and give us your thoughts on players from the Texans kneeling and sitting during the anthem in protest of McNair.

The Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans went at it in the flawless football game on Sunday, and fans were treated to a home victory in an absolute shootout in Week 8. But they ultimately chose to sit or kneel during the anthem.

Speaking with Pro Football Talk on Saturday, Texans tackle Duane Brown recalled that McNair, who contributed to the Trump campaign and donated $1 million to his inaugural committee, was "visibly upset" after the election of Barack Obama in 2008.

"Our focus going forward, personally and as an organization, will be towards making meaningful progress regarding the social issues that mean so much to our players and our community".

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In arguing for the league to do something, McNair said they can't have "inmates running the prison."

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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.

Owners did not vote to change a policy that would require players to stand for the anthem during that meeting.

According to ESPN, Texans players met on Saturday to discuss how to handle McNair's comments.

But McNair's seeming comparison of the league's players to "inmates" sparked a bitter backlash from players across the league - and even from players in other sports. I think it angered a lot of players, including myself.

The controversy is part of a larger polemic that extends to last season, when Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to raise awareness about racial inequality.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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