Angered by owner McNair's comment, most Texans players kneel for anthem

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson left and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman

In an ESPN report on NFL meetings about national anthem protests, it was revealed that McNair, a donor to US President Donald Trump, argued that the league must stop the protests.

Sunday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans at CenturyLink Field was an instant classic.

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".

McNair met with the players on Saturday, then released another statement in which he claimed the "inmates" comment was a reference to the league office, not the players.

McNair issued an apology on Saturday, essentially stating that he's bad at metaphors. Players, following the lead of former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick, say they kneel to protest social injustices, particularly against African-Americans.

The meetings earlier this month did not result in a policy change that would require players to stand for the anthem. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman even stated that he thinks Texans players would probably have boycotted this week's game, if only their contracts were guaranteed. "I wanted to answer their questions". According to Brown, McNair told players, "I know a lot of y'all are happy right now, but it's not the outcome that some of us were looking for".

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick launched the anthem protests in 2016, refusing to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" to draw attention to racial injustice by law enforcement agencies. Owners and players are expected to meet again next week to discuss initiatives.

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