Texans kneel in protest after Bob McNair's 'inmate' comments

Week 8 Preview: Houston Texans at Seattle Seahawks

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.

The Seahawks will get a firsthand look at Brown, who ended a lengthy holdout six days ago and is making his first start, on Sunday when the Texans visit Seattle.

Backlash over the comment rekindled a national debate over NFL players, mostly African-Americans, who have broken with tradition by taking a knee or raising their fists during "The "Star-Spangled Banner" to protest racial bias in the USA criminal justice system".

McNair publicly apologized on Friday and Saturday.

McNair issued two public apologies via statements distributed by the Texans.

About Texans players stood during the anthem, but locked arms with the players who chose to kneel.

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

But the Texans' demonstration though was most notable, given the intense negative reaction from players in Houston and around the league on Friday after McNair's "inmates" comment was reported in an ESPN story that detailed what happened during league meetings in New York City last week.

In arguing for the league to do something, McNair said they can't have "inmates running the prison."

He then apologized to National Football League players 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".

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.

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