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Texans Kneel After McNair Comments About NFL Protests

Texans Kneel After McNair Comments About NFL Protests

Houston Texans players kneel and stand during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

By    |   Monday, 30 October 2017 10:56 AM

Most of the Houston Texans knelt during the national anthem Sunday after owner Bob McNair's comments about protesting players surfaced last week, according to Reuters.

The Texans were in Seattle to play the Seahawks when many of the players took a knee during the anthem. The silent protest has become a hot-button topic of discussion around the league since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the demonstration last year.

The players appeared to be responding McNair, who had complained about how the league was dealing with protesting players during an owners meeting Oct. 18 in New York, Reuters said.

"We can't have the inmates running the prison," McNair was quoted as saying

McNair issued an apology for his comments on Friday, ESPN reported.

"I regret that I used that expression," McNair said in a statement, ESPN noted. "I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it."

ESPN reported that Troy Vincent, the league's executive vice president of football operations, initially protested McNair's comments at the Oct. 18 meeting, which had not been made public until this week. McNair apologized to Vincent after the meeting, ESPN said.

The Houston Chronicle reported that several Texans players thought about walking out of practice as the comments broke in the media.

"I think the comments were disrespectful, I think it was ignorant, I think it was embarrassing," Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown told the newspaper Friday. "I think it angered a lot of players, including myself. We put our bodies and minds on the line every time we step on the field. To use an analogy of inmates in prison, I would say that's disrespectful. That's how I feel about it."

Democratic U.S. Rep Sheila Jackson Lee said McNair's comments were not isolated, the Chronicle wrote.

"This does not go to the Texans only," Lee told the newspaper. "It troubles me that for all that period of time, the owners considered these young men something less than human beings. It troubles me that they are in fact a commodity."

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