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Houston Texans Players Kneel During Anthem In Response To Bob McNair's 'Inmates' Comment

McNair's comment was made during the owners meetings in NY earlier in October when player demonstrations during the national anthem were discussed.

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".

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

Players had been planning some form of protest for Sunday in response to his "inmates" comments, with some reports saying they even considered peeling the Texans logo of their helmets.

"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".




McNair did not meet with the players on Friday after the comment but instead waited until Saturday morning to apologize personally - which reportedly bothered some of the team's players.

In arguing for the league to do something, McNair said they can't have "inmates running the prison." According to the Houston Chronicle, roughly 10 players stood during the national anthem on Tuesday.

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.

As the anthem began, Texans players looked around at each other and then the majority knelt in unison. "I was not referring to [Texans] players".

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