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- Many Houston Texans players knelt Sunday after the team’s owner, Bob McNair, made an inflammatory comment over national-anthem protests. McNair had suggested allowing protests during the anthem would be like “inmates running the prison.” McNair faced considerable backlash after making the comment, for which he apologized.
A majority of Houston Texans players knelt during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Seahawks to protest a comment made by the team’s owner, Bob McNair.
In an ESPN report on NFL meetings about national-anthem protests, it was revealed that McNair, a donor to President Donald Trump, argued that the league must stop the protests.
In arguing for the league to do something, McNair said the owners couldn’t have “inmates running the prison.”
Several Texans players reportedly walked out of practice on Friday in response to the comment. It was reported that team was planning on making a gesture before the Week 8 game against the Seahawks.
While some players stood for the anthem by the bench, most knelt along the sideline.
McNair released a statement apologizing for his use of the expression on Friday; he also reportedly apologized during the meeting in which the comment was made.
McNair released a second statement in which he argued that he was referring to the NFL league office and not the players when he made the comment.