Almost entire Texans team protests after owner firestorm

Almost entire Texans team protests after owner firestorm

Almost entire Texans team protests after owner firestorm

McNair did not meet with players until Saturday, a day after two Texans offensive players, DeAndre Hopkins and D'Onta Foreman, skipped practice in response.

Texans owner Bob McNair attended an owners' meeting this month in NY on Friday and, according to ESPN The Magazine, said during a discussion about players' negotiating over their right to protests: "We can't have the inmates running the prison". The fact they protested this week in the wake of McNair's comments is likely not a coincidence.

The league-wide protests began early in the 2016 season when Colin Kaepernick chose to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and inequality against minorities.

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After the story broke, McNair issued another apology through the Texans' PR staff, claiming the statement was not made in reference to the players.

McNair apologized on Friday, and Pro Football Talk reported that he met with the team on Saturday, but players were not satisfied.

Although only a small minority of the league participated in such protests, President Donald Trump demanded players stand for the national anthem.

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Texans left tackle Duane Brown told reporters that he was "sickened" by McNair's words.

As the anthem began, Texans players looked around at each other and then the majority knelt in unison.

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. "As I said [Friday], I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meeting last week", the statement read.

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