Most Houston Texans Take a Knee After Owner's 'Inmates' Comment

Houston Texans Players Kneel During Anthem In Response To Bob McNair's 'Inmates' Comment
Nearly entire Texans team protests after owner firestorm

30 October, 2017

Texans owner Bob McNair attended an owners' meeting this month in NY on Friday and, according to ESPN The Magazine, said during a discussion about players' negotiating over their right to protests: "We can't have the inmates running the prison". The comment was not well-received in the room (it was said during an owners meeting), and McNair apologized to National Football League executive and former National Football League player Troy Vincent after the meeting - saying he felt frightful and this his words weren't to be taken literally.

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair stated, "We can't have the inmates running the prison". When the anthem started more than half the active roster took a knee.

McNair issued two public apologies via statements distributed by the Texans. It was reported that team was planning on making a gesture before the Week 8 game against the Seattle Seahawks in response to the comments.

McNair apologized for his comment on Friday, saying, "I regret that I used that expression". We put our bodies and minds on the line every time we step on that field, and to use an analogy of inmates in prison, that's disrespectful.

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The NFL continued to see sporadic protests during the national anthem on Sunday, a month after President Trump ignited a firestorm by suggesting players who kneel during the anthem should be fired. Several players publicly came out against the owner's comments, including veteran Duane Brown.

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

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.

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