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

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During those meetings Owner of the Texans, Bob McNair used the idiom "can't let the inmates run the prison" when talking about the players deciding how things are done. The fact they protested this week in the wake of McNair's comments is likely not a coincidence.

After being compared to "inmates running the prison" by team owner Bob McNair, a majority of the Houston Texans responded by taking a knee during the national anthem before their game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

After the story broke, McNair issued another apology through the Texans' PR staff, claiming the statement was not made in reference to the players.

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The league-wide protests began early in the 2016 season when Colin Kaepernick made a decision to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and inequality against minorities. It was reported that team was planning on making a gesture before the Week 8 game against the Seattle Seahawks in response to the comments.

The Houston Texans added offensive tackle Duane Brown to the active roster Saturday.

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.

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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. Many players held hands.

The controversy is part of a larger polemic that extends to last season, when Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to raise awareness about racial inequality.

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

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