Texans players considered not practicing Friday after learning of McNair's comment until meeting with coach Bill O'Brien, GM Rick Smith and assistant head coach Romeo Crennel, a source present told NFL Network's James Palmer.
ESPN reported that the Texans held a players meeting Saturday at their Seattle hotel after McNair twice apologized for his comment that was reported Friday in an ESPN The Magazine story about an October 17 owners meeting in NY following a session the previous day with about a dozen player representatives.
Only 10 players stood, the rest taking a knee prior to the anthem before kickoff. He issued another statement expressing his regret.
National Football League owners and players are scheduled to meet again Tuesday to discuss how the two sides can work together to make further progress on social issues. On Saturday, he attempted to further clarify his comments by saying he was referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners and "how they have been making significant decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership". Owners and players are expected to meet again next week to discuss initiatives.
McNair's apologies and Saturday's meeting did not appear to do much to assuage players' concerns however, and ESPN reported Saturday night that players were weighing their options about what sort of demonstration that would do Sunday in Seattle. Players said they would not remove their team's insignia or walk out of the game, two possibilities that had been floated earlier. That's understandable. America's prisons are disproportionally filled with black men and women; 37 percent of federal prisoners are black (even though less than 13 percent of the population is) and state institutions hold five times as many black prisoners as white ones.
National Football League free agent Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem to protest racial injustice past year.
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