Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Almost entire Texans team protests after owner firestorm

Almost entire Texans team protests after owner firestorm

Members of the Houston Texans stand and kneel before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 29, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.

McNair's comment was made during the owners meetings in NY earlier in October when player demonstrations during the national anthem were discussed.

The Texans had debated how best to protest their owner's comments from this month, revealed this week in an ESPN story, that, "We can't have the inmates running the prison".

After team owner Bob McNair made a controversial statement about players who kneeled during the national anthem during an NFL meeting, more than half of the Houston Texans' players kneeled during Sunday's national anthem. McNair's quote came during an owners-only session to discuss the protest issue.

In particular, the Seahawks have expressed interest in Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown and player-for-player trade featuring Graham and Brown is a distinct possibility, according to a report from NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Sunday morning.

McNair issued two public apologies via statements distributed by the Texans. Superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins skipped practice on Friday, as did running back D'Onta Foreman.

"I think it was ignorant", Brown told ESPN.

Although only a small minority of the league participated in such protests, President Donald Trump demanded players stand for the national anthem. He also reportedly apologized during the meeting in which the comment was made.

McNair's comments have not been well-received in any part of NFL circles, with players from all around the league ripping him during the latter part of this week.

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