Most Houston Texans players kneel after controversial comments made by team owner

Week 8 Preview Houston Texans at Seattle Seahawks

There was a big protest during the playing of the national anthem in Seattle on Sunday, but it had nothing to do with social justice issues. 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. "To use an analogy of inmates in a prison, I would say they're disrespectful".

McNair apologized for the comments on Friday and again on Saturday, saying, "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".

Nevertheless, Texans players were offended enough by the statement that they reportedly wanted to walk out of practice, and it took a group meeting with coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith to get majority to stay.

Members of the Houston Texans kneel during the national anthem before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 29, 2017, in Seattle, Washington.

"I think it angered a lot of players, including myself", Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown told reporters on Friday.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out".

He's also caught just 10 touchdown passes in 33 games with the Seahawks after catching 46 in 63 games with the Saints in the four seasons he spent as a starter prior to being traded. "He's fired!" Trump said at the time.

Owners did not vote to change a policy that would require players to stand for the anthem during that meeting.

An Oct. 15-17 HBO Real Sports/Marist poll found that 51 percent of respondents opposed rules that would force players to stand, while 47 supported the decision.

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