A majority of players for the Houston Texans took a knee during the national anthem ahead of the team's game against the Seahawks following Texans owner Bob McNair's inmates comment in an ESPN story published last week.
In a recent league meeting, McNair said, "We can't have the inmates running the prison," while arguing in favor of suspending players who kneel during the anthem. That comment had players considering a mass walkout at Texans practice on Friday, which was eventually nixed. However, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and rookie D'Onta Foreman both missed practice that day.
McNair apologized for his comment. When that wasn't well-received, he attempted to clarify it, but neither statement appeased Texans players, who also reportedly considered removing the team's decal from their helmets in protest.
I'm told that a significant number of #Texans players didn't buy McNair's flimsy explanation of his inmates/prison comment. Team leaders have tried to develop a full-team show of unity. Not all on the same page yet.- Jerome Solomon (@JeromeSolomon) October 29, 2017
#Texans LT Duane Brown told me this morning he anticipates "up to 65-70% of players could kneel. Maybe less." He said, "no decals removed."- Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) October 29, 2017
Left tackle Duane Brown has been the most outspoken of the Texans in the wake of McNair's comments, which he called "ignorant" and "disrespectful."
"I think it was ignorant," Brown said. "I think it was embarrassing. I think it angered a lot of players, including myself. We put our bodies and minds on the line every time we step on that field, and to use an analogy of inmates in prison, that's disrespectful. That's how I feel about it."
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