Johnathan Joseph says some players were unconvinced by McNair's apology

Lawrence Cooper
October 30, 2017

Americans remain divided on the issue of professional sports teams' requiring athletes to stand for the national anthem.

While some team members had protested previously, this week's demonstration appeared to be in response to owner Bob McNair's comments in an ESPN The Magazine article saying "we can't have the inmates running the prison", in reference to prior protests. And that's exactly what they did before Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that the Seahawks were looking at trading Graham in a salary cap move and have been in talks about acquiring Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown.

According to the Seattle Times, nine of the Texans stood for the anthem, but the rest were kneeling or seated.

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 National Football League owners. "He's fired!" Trump said at the time.

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"I was referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners and how they have been making significant strategic decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership over the past few years", McNair said.

The Texans had debated how best to protest their owner's comments from this month, revealed this week in an ESPN story, that, "We can't have the inmates running the prison".

A group of Seahawks active in previous games protested again by sitting on the bench.

Texans plan group protest; options include kneeling, peeling Texans decal off helmet, raising fists, staying in locker room during anthem.

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