Most Houston Texans players kneel after controversial comments made by team owner

Kristopher Nichols
October 30, 2017

The Houston Texans all got on the plane for the team's game against the Seattle Seahawks, but that doesn't mean the controversy over owner Bob McNair's comments is over.

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.

Majority of Texans players kneel during anthem in protest after Bob McNair's "inmate" comments.

Although an NFC team is hosting the game, the action will be broadcast on CBS when the Texans and Seahawks start on Sunday.

Despite rumors that the players would remove the Texans decals from their helmets, they ended up leaving them on.

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In an ESPN report on NFL meetings about national anthem protests, it was revealed that McNair, a donor to US President Donald Trump, argued that the league must stop the protests. Many Houston players reportedly considered a protest after hearing what McNair had said.

After the story broke, McNair issued another apology through the Texans' PR staff, claiming the statement was not made in reference to the players. Star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and rookie running back D'Onta Foreman, however, went home for the day.

They're well on their way to doing it again against the Texans. "We put our bodies and minds on the line every time we step onto that field, and to use an analogy of inmates in a prison, I'd say that's disrespectful".

McNair released a second statement, arguing that he was referring to the NFL league office, not the players when he made the comment.

I wonder if some players will kneel or sit next week as well.

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