Over the past two days there have been reports that players on the Texans will protest McNair's "inmate" comment by taking a knee.
"We can't have the inmates running the prison", McNair was quoted as saying during a recent meeting with league executives and owners, exhorting them to consider how the kneeling protests could hurt the NFL's bottom line.
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Despite rumors that the players would remove the Texans decals from their helmets, they ended up leaving them on. But they ultimately chose to sit or kneel during the anthem.
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).
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McNair's apologies and Saturday's meeting did not appear to do much to assuage players' concerns however, and ESPN reported Saturday night that players were weighing their options about what sort of demonstration that would do Sunday in Seattle. "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".
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick launched the anthem protests in 2016, refusing to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" to draw attention to racial injustice by law enforcement agencies.
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