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After NFL owner offends players, most of his team took a knee during anthem to protest

They're not backing down.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Oct 29, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 12:56 pm CDT

Days after it was revealed that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said NFL owners can’t “have the inmates running the prison,” his players showed him exactly how they feel about being referenced as criminals before their game Sunday.

Even though McNair sent out two statements of apology, some of his players reportedly had to be talked out of boycotting practice on Friday. Instead, the vast majority of the team took a knee during the anthem before its game vs. the Seattle Seahawks.

“Some” was an understatement.

According to the Houston Chronicle, this is the first time any Texans players has ever kneeled before the national anthem (though one player raised a fist once last season). The fact they protested this week in the wake of McNair’s comments is likely not a coincidence.

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*First Published: Oct 29, 2017, 3:29 pm CDT