The Houston Texans were planning a protest prior to Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks in response to owner Bob McNair’s controversial “inmate” comments.
Some reports indicated the players were considering staying in the locker room during the anthem or perhaps removing the decals from their helmets, but when it came time the team decided to take a knee during the national anthem — the form of protest which initially caused such a debate in the national headlines.
Nearly every member of the team came together and locked arms while going to a knee. Some players, however, did remain standing.
Here is video of the majority of Texans players kneeling during the National Anthem.pic.twitter.com/RnrsgaFO1k
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Earlier in the week when McNair’s comments first came to light, two players — wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back D’Onta Foreman — walked out of practice. Both players were in Seattle and in uniform for today’s game.
McNair has tried to apologize for his comments, but it is clear that most of the damage has already been done. It’s going to be interesting to see how this distraction impacts the team moving forward.