The divide in the NFL over players taking a knee for the National Anthem was revamped for the Houston Texans this week, after comments made by team owner Bob McNair were taken extremely poorly, leading to a majority of Texans players taking a knee for the anthem on Sunday.

Texans owner Bob McNair had met with the team Saturday morning and apologized for his previous comments that “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” during a meeting of NFL owners.

Even after the meeting with McNair, the Texans held a players meeting in Seattle to decide how to game the game Sunday, ESPN reported, citing a league source.

Texans left tackle Duane Brown told ESPN he anticipates “up to 65 to 70 percent” of the team’s players could kneel as part of the protest in Seattle, adding the players would not remove the team’s decals from their helmets as had been discussed.

McNair’s remarks caused a firestorm of criticism from athletes inside and outside the NFL and prompted an initial apology from the 79-year-old Friday.

“I know they were upset,” McNair told the Houston Chronicle about his meeting with the players. “I wanted to answer their questions. I told them if I had it to do over again I wouldn’t use that expression.”

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was so outraged by McNair’s comments that he missed the day he made them.


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