Angered by owner McNair's comment, most Texans players kneel for anthem

30 October, 2017, 01:37 | Author: Felix Jensen
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During those meetings Owner of the Texans, Bob McNair used the idiom "can't let the inmates run the prison" when talking about the players deciding how things are done.

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

Days after it was revealed that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said National Football League owners can't "have the inmates running the prison," his players showed him exactly how they feel about being referenced as criminals before their game Sunday. When the anthem started more than half the active roster took a knee.

McNair issued an apology on Saturday, essentially stating that he's bad at metaphors.

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.

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Members of the Houston Texans stand and kneel before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 29, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.

Texans left tackle Duane Brown told reporters that he was "sickened" by McNair's words. At the meeting, he said that "We can't have the inmates running the prison".

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

But McNair's seeming comparison of the league's players to "inmates" sparked a bitter backlash from players across the league - and even from players in other sports. Several of the players who chose to stand put a hand on a teammate's shoulder.

Later on Sunday, a majority of Houston Texans players knelt and locked arms during the anthem.

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