On Friday, information about the meeting between owners was released stating that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair was speaking about the national anthem protests and said, “We can't have the inmates running the prison.”
The heavy backlash that received led McNair to quickly issue an apology:
I regret that I used that expression. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.
On Friday, two Texans players, DeAndre Hopkins and D'Onta Foreman, did not show up to practice and were listed as “did not practice-not injury related.”
On Saturday morning, McNair hosted a meeting with his players to express his regret for making the comment, but this was apparently not good enough for the players. ESPN reports that the entire team is planning to do something massive in protest before their game on Sunday.
According to the source, the players could decide to all kneel together, and also discussed peeling the Texans decal off of their helmets or raising their fists. However they decide to protest, the plan will be revealed Sunday, the source said.
The Texans will face off against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday and many will be on the edge of their seats waiting to see what the players decide to do in protest.