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Leading up to Week 8, there was promising progress being made in the conversations between NFL owners and players. Then a revealing article from ESPN pointed out comments made by Texans owner Bob McNair.

“We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” McNair said, according to the story.

McNair would confirm the quotes via an apology issued from the Texans. NFL players did not appreciate it, ripping the Texans owner. One of his own players, wideout DeAndre Hopkinseven left practice as a result of the commentsDuane Brown was furious, blasting his current boss amid his recently-ended holdout.

There was talk about Texans players protesting ahead of the Week 8 game in Seattle. And the Texans did indeed make a statement, with much of the team taking knees during the national anthem.

Houston Texans v Seattle Seahawks

Members of the Houston Texans stand and kneel before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on Sun., Oct. 29, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. During a meeting of NFL owners earlier in October, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said “we can’t have the inmates running the prison,” referring to player demonstrations during the national anthem.


Reporters counted roughly 10 players on the Texans who did not take a knee, with the majority of players kneeling during the anthem.

The moment was also captured on the CBS Sports broadcast.

Even some of the players who stood for the anthem held hands or linked arms with teammates who were kneeling.

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