Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Texans' players kneel prior to Seahawks game

Texans' players kneel prior to Seahawks game

Houston Texans players, stung by team owner Bob McNair's remarks while discussing the NFL's national anthem demonstrations, knelt for "The Star-Spangled Banner" before their game in Seattle on Sunday.

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

McNair issued an apology on Saturday, essentially stating that he's bad at metaphors.

Seven Seahawks players - five in uniform and two inactive players - sat during the anthem, continuing the protest Michael Bennett started earlier this year.

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One of those was African-American NFL vice president/football operations Troy Vincent, a former player, who told the owners that during his playing career he had been called many names, including the N-word, but "never felt like an inmate". According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Texans are planning some sort of group protest prior to the game.

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 Houston Texans added offensive tackle Duane Brown to the active roster Saturday. "We put our bodies and minds on the line every time we step onto that field, and to use an analogy of inmates in a prison, I'd say that's disrespectful". He also reportedly apologized during the meeting in which the comment was made.

When that statement was reported by ESPN.com on Friday DeAndre Hopkins, D'Onta Foreman and reportedly as many as 10 other Texans players left the facility and did not practice.

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