Most Houston Texans Players Kneel During Anthem After Owner’s Controversial Remark
The majority of the Houston Texans kneeled during the national anthem before facing off against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The teamed knelt in response to its owner's controversial remarks last week about players negotiating over their right to protests. Texans owner Bob McNair has received criticism for saying at an owners' meeting that “we can't have the inmates running the prison.” He later apologized for the comment and said he was “not referring to our players.” “I think it angered a lot of players, including myself," Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown said Friday. “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.” Brown told ESPN earlier that he thought “up to 65 to 70 percent” of the team would kneel during the national anthem.