Majority of Texans players kneel after owner Bob McNair's 'inmates' remark

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The Houston Texans all got on the plane for the team's game against the Seattle Seahawks, but that doesn't mean the controversy over owner Bob McNair's comments is over.

Six players visibly protested at the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles, The Associated Press reported, and San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung raised a fist during the anthem before a game in MA.

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.

According to the Seattle Times, nine of the Texans stood for the anthem, but the rest were kneeling or seated.

The Seahawks pass blocked well enough, especially on plays when they kept in extra protection.

On Thursday, NFL owners came together to discuss the national anthem protests, but one owner's comments stood out among the rest.

Texans owner Bob McNair attended an owners' meeting this month in NY on Friday and, according to ESPN The Magazine, said during a discussion about players' negotiating over their right to protests: "We can't have the inmates running the prison". "As I said [Friday], I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meeting last week", the statement read.

In arguing for the league to do something, McNair said they can't have "inmates running the prison." I think it angered a lot of players, including myself. He has filed a claim of illegal collusion against the league's owners.

Kaepernick was not signed by any team after becoming a free agent following the 2016 season.

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