Angered by owner McNair's comment, most Texans players kneel for anthem

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Reuters

The Houston Texans all got on the plane for the team's game against the Seattle Seahawks, but that doesn't mean the controversy over owner Bob McNair's comments is over. The comment was not well-received in the room (it was said during an owners meeting), and McNair apologized to National Football League executive and former National Football League player Troy Vincent after the meeting - saying he felt frightful and this his words weren't to be taken literally.

McNair issued two public apologies via statements distributed by the Texans.

In the end, after reported conversations that included ripping off the Texans logo from their helmet, the Houston players - almost all of them - took a knee during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

McNair apologized for the comments on Friday and again on Saturday, 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". The player also said that he expects everyone on the team to travel Saturday to Seattle for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Texans left tackle Duane Brown told reporters that he was "sickened" by McNair's words.

According to ESPN, Texans players met on Saturday to discuss how to handle McNair's comments. Since then, players all across the league have come out against his comments.

Although only a small minority of the league participated in such protests, President Donald Trump demanded players stand for the national anthem. Many players held hands.

Later on Sunday, a majority of Houston Texans players knelt and locked arms during the anthem. Several of the players who chose to stand put a hand on a teammate's shoulder.

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