Most Texans kneel during national anthem to protest owner's 'inmate' comments Jay Busbee Shutdown CornerOctober 29, 2017
The Houston Texans, incensed by owner Bob McNair’s poorly worded description of players as “inmates,” staged a mass protest during the national anthem prior to Houston’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Virtually all Texans knelt for the anthem, locking arms or holding hands on the sideline. National media in attendance put the number of players standing at about 10.
At the NFL owners’ meetings last week, McNair had expressed frustration with the way that the protest had affected the NFL’s business, and said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.” He apologized on at least two occasions for that unfortunate turn of phrase, but players were not convinced. Receiver DeAndre Hopkins left the Texans’ facility on Friday after learning of the comments. Houston Texans players kneel and stand during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Houston Texans players kneel and stand during the singing of the national anthem Sunday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
The Texans had discussed several options for protest prior to Sunday’s game, including kneeling, sitting, remaining in the locker room during the anthem or peeling the Texans’ logo off their helmets. Clearly, the protest was large, one of the most significant by any single team to date, but not unanimous.
Across the field, several Seahawks players continued to sit for the anthem, as they have done all season:
Seahawks defensive line again sat for anthem. pic.twitter.com/5q8GGuS37j
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 29, 2017
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This marked the first time any Texans players had protested during the anthem. Offensive tackle Duane Brown had raised a fist last season, the only demonstration the Texans had shown since protests began in the 2016 preseason.
On Friday, Brown called McNair’s comments “embarrassing, ignorant and frustrating.”
You all have no idea the humiliation that comes with being a Lions fan (hometown pride). Cut ties to the whole league on week two this year, and ain’t ever going back. No different than the NHL and MLB of years past and their stupid strikes and walkouts. I said years ago that I’ve got better things to do than watch a grown man play a game. They just helped make the decision much easier.
Many of them can't even speak coherently and if it weren't for their athletic skills they'd be unemployable. They're basically carnies with muscles who can run and jump.
Absolute truth right there.
And a lot of them have been in jail. The arrest record among NFL players is well above the national average for their peer/age group.
I wish the NFL would go away. Just go away.
God bless, Steve
That's because for most of them "communication" is basically a series of incomprehensible grunts mixed with ebonics. It's just not cool to speak "white".....numsayin'dawg, wassup?
NFL revenue is going to take a major hit over their dumb-ass millionaire players taking a knee during the national anthem. What McNair actually said was, “We can’t have gang-bangers running the NFL.”
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The NFL really stepped on their own Kaepernick, didn’t they?
They put themselves, unnecessarily, in the “wrong side of history” spotlight, and now their gravy train is possibly in jeopardy.
They get stadiums built for them at taxpayer expense, then they sell you a 10 dollar hotdog and pocket the money.
As the congressman said, their tax breaks would be better served going directly to Walter Reed hospital.
Why it took this incident- the kowtowing of owners and the league and its deranged SJWs who insist blacks don’t have civil rights and that America is simply a downright nasty place- to have congress correct this tax injustice is its own injustice. But at least it is possibly happening now.
I hope the owners pass these losses along to the moron players who know more about dreadlocks than they do Dred Scott.