NFL's Houston Texans Kneel After Owner's Remark
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Oct 30, 2017,
Oct 30, 2017, 1:33
Only 10 active Houston Texans players stood for the national anthem with the rest of the team kneeling down.
McNair's comment was made during the owners meetings in NY earlier in October when player demonstrations during the national anthem were discussed. The fact they protested this week in the wake of McNair's comments is likely not a coincidence.
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. When the anthem started more than half the active roster took a knee.
After the story broke, McNair issued another apology through the Texans' PR staff, claiming the statement was not made in reference to the players.
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".
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Forcing someone to uncover, or forcing someone to cover: "for me that's not neutrality", she said. It is not acceptable to me, and it should not be acceptable to any of us", she said.
Texans left tackle Duane Brown told reporters that he was "sickened" by McNair's words.
He says he wasn't referring to the players in what he calls a "very regretful comment". The player also said that he expects everyone on the team to travel Saturday to Seattle for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
As the anthem began, Texans players looked around at each other and then the majority knelt in unison.
National Football League players reacted by kneeling during the anthem and linking arms, and some refused to take the field while "The Star Spangled Banner" played.
About ten players stood with their hands over their hearts, according to The Houston Chronicle.