Texans' players kneel prior to Seahawks game

Texans' players kneel prior to Seahawks game

Texans' players kneel prior to Seahawks game

Majority of Texans players kneel during anthem in protest after Bob McNair's "inmate" comments.

Earlier this week, an explosive ESPN.com story broke the news that McNair had said, "We can't have the inmates running the prison", which was at the time assumed to be a reference to NFL players' protests of police brutality and racism during the national anthem.

Backlash over the comment rekindled a national debate over NFL players, mostly African-Americans, who have broken with tradition by taking a knee or raising their fists during "The "Star-Spangled Banner" to protest racial bias in the US criminal justice system". It was reported that team was planning on making a gesture before the Week 8 game against the Seattle Seahawks in response to the comments.

McNair publicly apologized on Friday and Saturday.

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U.S President Donald Trump escalated the controversy in September when he suggested owners should fire any "son of a bitch" who refused to stand for the anthem.

Players also remained unconvinced by the apology, according to the AP, and they told numerous media outlets that they had met to discuss how to react moving forward. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. "We can't have the inmates running the prison", McNair said at a meeting regarding National Football League players' demonstrations against racial inequality and police brutality.

The league-wide protests began early in the 2016 season when Colin Kaepernick made a decision to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and inequality against minorities.

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. "I was not referring to [Texans] players".

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