SEATTLE (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Most of the Houston Texans roster took a knee and linked arms together during the National Anthem on Sunday in Seattle.
Protests during the National Anthem have been a topic of conversation all year, to the point that owners and players had meetings earlier in October to discuss how to raise awareness to the injustices the players are protesting. During those meetings Owner of the Texans, Bob McNair used the idiom “can’t let the inmates run the prison” when talking about the situation.
When that statement was reported by ESPN.com on Friday DeAndre Hopkins, D’Onta Foreman and reportedly as many as 10 other Texans players left the facility and did not practice. There were reports that something would be done by players on the team before Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.
Video posted on twitter showed most of the team kneeling on the sideline and linking arms.
Reports from SI.com say all but 10 of the Texans players took a knee during the National Anthem.
McNair apologized for his comments from the October 17th meeting and said that his words were not meant to be taken literally. He also released a statement on Saturday saying the comments were not about the players but about the league.
“As I said yesterday, I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meetings last week. I was referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners and how they have been making significant strategic decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership over the past few years.
I am truly sorry to the players for how this has impacted them and the perception that it has created of me which could not be further from the truth. Our focus going forward, personally and as an organization, will be towards making meaningful progress regarding the social issues that mean so much to our players and our community.”
Prior to Sunday, no Texans player had kneeled during the National Anthem. The team did link arms during week 3 of the NFL season after divisive comments from President Trump.