Angry Texans are plotting something big for anthem

McNair, a multi-million dollar Trump campaign donor, is among many National Football League owners hard- pressed against players protesting during the anthem. The source said Hopkins' absence from practice was directly related to McNair's comment. For most players, even when once we apologize they still take what we said and judge us by it.

ESPN reported some Texans wanted to walk out of practice Friday before all but two - receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back D'Onta Foreman - made a decision to go on with the usual workout.

"As far as the protests are concerned, I think, people are going to feel how they feel about it", Brown said.

Coach Bill O'Brien said Friday that he backed his players, and Saturday, McNair met with the players before they left for Seattle to play the Seahawks on Sunday. "Welcome to America 2017".

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Before the excerpted audio, Gottlieb criticized McNair (who has since apologized) for butchering the idiom, which is "inmates running the asylum" (not prison), before addressing Hopkins' reaction. Under withering criticism from President Donald Trump and from many fans, the owners are also eager for the players to consistently stand during the anthem.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick launched the protests in 2016, refusing to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" to draw attention to racial injustice by law enforcement agencies. This game, this locker room, this field we play on isn't just about him.

Trump's comments also saw the debate spill over into other sports, with National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James among those saluting the NFL demonstrators.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, several Texans players have considered walking out in response to McNair's statement and had to be persuaded to stay. Green told reporters after the team's practice on Friday.

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"I'm going to get ridiculed if I come out and give a figure of speech on anything, whether that's race, whether that's sexual orientation. So why is that OK?"

Regardless, all sides agree it was a awful choice of words, and even though McNair has apologized at least twice, the team is considering stronger statements of its own prior to its Sunday afternoon game against Seattle.

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