Texans take knee to protest owner's controversial comment


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

Texans players were disappointed by the fact that owner Bob McNair didn't meet with them on Friday to explain his quote about not having "inmates" run the "prison".

The opening ceremonies of the Texans' late-afternoon game against the Seattle Seahawks were not broadcast live on CBS.

Backlash over the comment rekindled a national debate over NFL players, mostly African-Americans, who have broken with tradition by taking a knee or raising their fists during "The "Star-Spangled Banner" to protest racial bias in the US criminal justice system".

He's apologized twice since the report surfaced saying that he was referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners and he also met with players Saturday morning. "He's fired!" Trump said at the time.

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Video posted on twitter showed most of the team kneeling on the sideline and linking arms.

Instead, numerous Houston Texans players took a knee before their game against the Seahawks because of a comment made by the team owner, Bob McNair.

McNair issued two public apologies via statements distributed by the Texans. "I was not referring to [Texans] players".

Six players visibly protested at the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles, The Associated Press reported, and San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung raised a fist during the anthem before a game in MA.

McNair's comments were revealed in an ESPN The Magazine feature story published on Friday that gave an inside account of the NFL's prolonged struggles with their response to national anthem protests. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.