HOUSTON – A majority of the Houston Texans players took a knee during the national anthem before Sunday's game in Seattle to protest the controversial comments made by NFL team's owner Bob McNair.
According to ESPN, McNair said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” when the group was talking about ways to address the recent protests by some players during the playing of the "Star-Spangled Banner."
About 10 Texans players stood during the anthem, but locked arms with the players who chose to kneel.
Texans and Seahawks fans were seen holding signs that read, "Our players are role models not inmates," and another reading, "Inmates! Let's see what happens without you. From: Season tix holder."
The Seahawks were seen sitting during the national anthem as well.
McNair has released a second apology since and attempted to explain his comments by saying he was "referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners and how they have been making significant strategic decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership over the past few years."
He then apologized to NFL 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. Our focus going forward, personally and as an organization, will be towards making meaningful progress regarding the social issues that mean so much to our players and our community."