Most Texans players join 11 Seahawks in protest

Ross Houston
October 29, 2017

Players, following the lead of former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick, say they kneel to protest social injustices, particularly against African-Americans. When the anthem started more than half the active roster took a knee.

McNair met Saturday with players and expressed regret for his remarks, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. Some said they would take the logos off their helmets, reminiscent of the radical statement made by Clippers players when they turned their shirts inside out in protest of ex-owner Donald Sterling's comments in 2014.

After the story broke, McNair issued another apology through the Texans' PR staff, claiming the statement was not made in reference to the players. On Saturday, he attempted to further clarify his comments by saying he was referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners and "how they have been making significant decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership". We put our bodies and minds on the line every time we step on that field, and to use an analogy of inmates in prison, that's disrespectful. Owners and players are expected to meet again next week to discuss initiatives.

"Mr. McNair apologized for the comments".

A report came out earlier on Sunday that the Seattle Seahawks were dangling Jimmy Graham as trade bait in exchange for an upgrade at left tackle. Only a few players followed suit - others sat, or raised a fist - until President Donald Trump called kneeling players "sons of (expletives)" and ignited a protest of more than 200 players in Week 3.

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