Houston Texans kneel during anthem in protest of Bob McNair comments

Houston Texans kneel during anthem in protest of Bob McNair comments

Houston Texans kneel during anthem in protest of Bob McNair comments

Have owner Bob McNair and the Texans cleared the air?

Only ten Houston Texans players stood for the national anthem on Sunday in protest of comments made by team owner Bob McNair earlier this week. It was reported that team was planning on making a gesture before the Week 8 game against the Seattle Seahawks in response to the comments.

Even though McNair sent out two statements of apology, some of his players reportedly had to be talked out of boycotting practice on Friday.

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 New York Times said about 40 players in all refused to stand.

McNair's remarks caused a firestorm of criticism from athletes inside and outside the National Football League and prompted an initial apology from the 79-year-old Friday.

According to ESPN, McNair said, "We can't have the inmates running the prison", when the group was talking about ways to address the recent protests by some players during the playing of the national anthem.

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman said Friday he was grateful McNair was outed by the story "when people like that show who they are", while praising Seahawks owner Paul Allen.

He added: "I am truly sorry to the players for how this has impacted them and the perception that it has created for me which could not be further from the truth".

But they ultimately chose to sit or kneel during the anthem.

Kaepernick was not signed by any team after becoming a free agent following the 2016 season.

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