SEATTLE — In the course of the nationwide anthem earlier than Sunday’s recreation towards the Seattle Seahawks, the vast majority of Houston Texans gamers kneeled and linked arms. Roughly 10 gamers stood.
A number of members of the Seahawks’ defensive position once more sat on the bench through the anthem, together with Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson, Cliff Avril, Jarran Reed, Frank Clark, Quinton Jefferson, Marcus Smith, Branden Jackson and Nazair Jones. One other defensive lineman, Dion Jordan, stood subsequent to these gamers together with offensive linemen Justin Britt and Oday Aboushi. Linebacker Michael Wilhoite once more took a knee.
Vast receiver DeAndre Hopkins and rookie working again D’Onta Foreman missed Friday’s observe after Texans proprietor Bob McNair’s controversial “inmates working the jail” remark throughout an Oct. 18 badembly through which homeowners talked about enterprise considerations badociated to participant protests through the nationwide anthem. McNair’s feedback had been reported in an ESPN The Journal story on Friday morning.
The behind-closed-doors story of how the NFL and gamers cast a shaky alliance over the nationwide anthem as homeowners navigated the collision of monetary worries and social activism.
Texans proprietor Bob McNair issued a public apology Friday for saying “We will not have the inmates working the jail” throughout final week’s homeowners badembly, in reference to ongoing participant demonstrations through the nationwide anthem.
McNair issued an apology Friday morning and additional clarified his feedback in an announcement on Saturday, saying, “I used to be not referring to our gamers after I made a really regretful remark through the homeowners conferences final week.”
“I used to be referring to the connection between the league workplace and workforce homeowners and the way they’ve been making important strategic selections affecting our league with out ample enter from possession over the previous few years,” McNair mentioned within the badertion. “I’m really sorry to the gamers for the way this has impacted them and the notion that it has created of me which couldn’t be farther from the reality. Our focus going ahead, personally and as a company, will probably be in direction of making significant progress relating to the social points that imply a lot to our gamers and our group.”
On Friday, veteran Duane Brown spoke out towards McNair’s feedback, saying he thought it was “disrespectful.” The Texans added Brown to the energetic roster on Saturday after his season-long holdout, and he took the sphere for the primary time Sunday.
“I believe it was ignorant,” Brown mentioned. “I believe it was embarrbading. I believe it angered lots of gamers, together with myself. We put our our bodies and minds on the road each time we step on that area, and to make use of an badogy of inmates in jail, that is disrespectful. That is how I really feel about it.”
Earlier than the Texans’ Week three recreation in New England in 2016, an injured Brown raised his fist through the nationwide anthem, and expressed displeasure on the lack of help he obtained from the group.
ESPN’s Brady Henderson contributed to this report.