Almost entire Texans team protests after owner firestorm

Almost entire Texans team protests after owner firestorm

A majority of Houston Texans players knelt during the national anthem on Sunday to protest controversial comments made by team owner Bob McNair. McNair's quote came during an owners-only session to discuss the protest issue.

It appears that McNair's apology was not enough for some players.

Seven Seahawks players - five in uniform and two inactive players - sat during the anthem, continuing the protest Michael Bennett started earlier this year.

The Seattle Seahawks seem to be hitting their stride as we wrap up the first half of the 2017 National Football League season, and they'll look to extend their winning streak to four games against the Houston on Texans to head into the midway point of the year on a high note.

Although only a small minority of the league participated in such protests, President Donald Trump demanded players stand for the national anthem.

McNair publicly apologized on Friday and Saturday.

He says he wasn't referring to the players in what he calls a "very regretful comment".

Some Texans players considered staging a walkout Friday in response to McNair's "inmates" comment. He also reportedly apologized during the meeting in which the comment was made.

But McNair's seeming comparison of the league's players to "inmates" sparked a bitter backlash from players across the league - and even from players in other sports. Many players held hands.

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.

About ten players stood with their hands over their hearts, according to The Houston Chronicle.

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