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

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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.

Most of the Houston Texans roster took a knee and linked arms together during the National Anthem on Sunday in Seattle.

The protest comes in the wake of some controversial comments from the Texans owner.

McNair issued two public apologies via statements distributed by the Texans.




The league-wide protests began early in the 2016 season when Colin Kaepernick chose to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and inequality against minorities.

McNair met with the players on Saturday, then released another statement in which he claimed the "inmates" comment was a reference to the league office, not the players.

Owners did not vote to change a policy that would require players to stand for the anthem during that meeting. And that's exactly what they did before Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Left tackle Duane Brown told reporters on Friday that players considered a mass walkout but ultimately chose to practice and fly to Seattle. Players, following the lead of former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick, say they kneel to protest social injustices, particularly against African-Americans. He also reportedly apologized during the meeting in which the comment was made. Several players publicly came out against the owner's comments, including veteran Duane Brown.

According to the Houston Chronicle, this is the first time any Texans players has ever kneeled before the national anthem (though one player raised a fist once last season).

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