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Most of NFL's Houston Texans kneel during anthem after owner's 'inmates' remark

30 October 2017

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".

While some team members had protested previously, this week's demonstration appeared to be in response to owner Bob McNair's comments in an ESPN The Magazine article saying "we can't have the inmates running the prison", in reference to prior protests.

During an owners meeting in NY earlier this month, McNair reportedly said quote, "We can't have inmates running the prison".

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The opening ceremonies of the Texans' late-afternoon game against the Seattle Seahawks were not broadcast live on CBS. They did not follow reported plans to remove the Texans' logo from their helmets. But they ultimately made a decision to sit or kneel during the anthem.

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.

The Texans won't stand for their owner.

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In arguing for the league to do something, McNair said they can't have "inmates running the prison."

National Football League players reacted by kneeling during the anthem and linking arms, and some refused to take the field while "The Star Spangled Banner" played.

In a place that's tough to play for road teams, and where points can be hard to come by, the Seahawks prevailed in a 41-38 shootout. "I was not referring to [Texans] players". Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started protesting last season by sitting on the bench.

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Most of NFL's Houston Texans kneel during anthem after owner's 'inmates' remark