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

Week 8 Preview Houston Texans at Seattle Seahawks

Week 8 Preview Houston Texans at Seattle Seahawks

On Friday, an ESPN story on National Football League owner meetings about the protests during the anthem quoted McNair as saying, "We can't have the inmates running the prison".

McNair's comment was made during the owners meetings in NY earlier in October when player demonstrations during the national anthem were discussed.

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair stated, "We can't have the inmates running the prison".

The Texans had indicated there would be some type of protest following comments by owner Bob McNair.

On Friday, several Texans players reportedly walked out of practice, but later returned following the comments.

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

The Seahawks will get a firsthand look at Brown, who ended a lengthy holdout six days ago and is making his first start, on Sunday when the Texans visit Seattle. Star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and rookie running back D'Onta Foreman, however, went home for the day.

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. According to Brown, McNair told players, "I know a lot of y'all are happy right now, but it's not the outcome that some of us were looking for".

While some players stood for the anthem by the bench, many knelt along the sideline.

"As I said yesterday, I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meetings last week".

McNair's comments have not been well-received in any part of NFL circles, with players from all around the league ripping him during the latter part of this week.

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