Texans Owner Called Protesters 'Inmates' - Now Look What They Did In Retaliation

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Almost the entire Houston team took a knee during the national anthem on Sunday in Seattle, a direct shot at Bob McNair after a tumultuous few days that have seen owner and players turned against each other.

"McNair said he regretted the comment but was not referring to our players", The Associated Press reported. And that's exactly what they did before Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

McNair did not meet with the players on Friday after the comment but instead waited until Saturday morning to apologize personally - which reportedly bothered some of the team's players.

Seven Seahawks players - five in uniform and two inactive players - sat during the anthem, continuing the protest Michael Bennett started earlier this year.

Unfortunately, Deshaun Watson had nearly the flawless game under center for the Texans, with four touchdowns of his own to counter against Wilson.

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"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".

The comment, first disclosed in an article published online by ESPN The Magazine on Friday, sparked immediate outrage from players, fans and supporters of the anthem protests as the National Football League sought to tamp down the issue.

According to the Houston Chronicle, this is the first time any Texans players has ever kneeled before the national anthem (though one player raised a fist once last season).

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick launched the anthem protests in 2016, refusing to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" to draw attention to racial injustice by law enforcement agencies. Although only a small minority of the league participated in such protests, President Donald Trump demanded players stand for the national anthem. "I was not referring to [Texans] players".