Words by Jason Cordner
All week the chatter in the NFL was around how the Texans would react to owner Bob McNair‘s comments about “inmates running the prison,” which referred to letting players have too much control especially as it relates to demonstrations like taking a knee.
Well before Sunday’s game, the majority of players sent a message to their owner and to everyone else in the world is regards to unity against racism by taking a knee during the anthem
Coming into the game, the Texans had been widely expected to engage in a mass demonstration after their owner, Bob McNair, was quoted as saying “we can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
McNair apologized to the players for the comment, and subsequently claimed he had actually been discussing the relationship between team owners and the league office led by Commissioner Roger Goodell, but players were unconvinced of his sincerity and several discussed potential plans for how to handle the anthem on Sunday.
On Friday, DeAndre Hopkins and D’Onta Foreman both walked out of the team’s practice after hearing about Bob McNair’s comment.
Hopkins and the Texans put on a show on Sunday, but ultimately lost to the Seattle Seahawks in a 41-38 thriller. With the protest, the Texans showed their owner, their are strength in numbers and unity will always reign supreme.