Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Majority of Texans players kneel after owner Bob McNair's 'inmates' remark

Houston Texans Players, Including White Teammates, Kneel During Anthem Russell Wilson Leads Seahawks To Thrilling Win Over Deshaun Watson, Texans
Isaac Mcdaniel | 30 October, 2017, 02:11

McNair, during the players-owners meeting, was trying to implore his fellow owners that they should not allow the players to protest the anthem, in the process risking some owner money and fan popularity.

On Sunday's game in Seattle, majority of Houston Texans players took a knee during the national anthem as a symbol to protest Texans Owner Bob McNair's controversial "inmate" comments.

Six players visibly protested at the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles, The Associated Press reported, and San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung raised a fist during the anthem before a game in MA.

Brown told ESPN on Sunday morning that he believed "up to 65 to 70 percent" of the team would kneel during the national anthem.

There was also talk of players on the Texans possibly not even coming out for the anthem or removing the decals from their helmets.

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Unfortunately, Deshaun Watson had nearly the flawless game under center for the Texans, with four touchdowns of his own to counter against Wilson.

The Seahawks pass blocked well enough, especially on plays when they kept in extra protection.

McNair apologized for the comments on Friday and again on Saturday, saying, "I am truly sorry to the players for how this has impacted them and the perception that it has created of me, which could not be further from the truth".

The comment was only revealed on Friday, after an ESPN The Magazine story detailed what the owners meeting looked like.

It is the first time this year that any Texans players have demonstrated during the anthem, beyond when the team stood with linked arms during Week 3. I think it angered a lot of players, including myself.

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