Texans owner Bob McNair attended an owners' meeting this month in NY on Friday and, according to ESPN The Magazine, said during a discussion about players' negotiating over their right to protests: "We can't have the inmates running the prison".
Out of respect for Houston Texans' owner Bob McNair, players on the Texans haven't kneeled in protest through their first six games of the season.
The protest comes in the wake of some controversial comments from the Texans owner.
It appears that McNair's apology was not enough for some players.
When that statement was reported by ESPN.com on Friday DeAndre Hopkins, D'Onta Foreman and reportedly as many as 10 other Texans players left the facility and did not practice.
The league-wide protests began early in the 2016 season when Colin Kaepernick made a decision to take a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and inequality against minorities.
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He says he wasn't referring to the players in what he calls a "very regretful comment".
McNair publicly apologized on Friday and Saturday. The player also said that he expects everyone on the team to travel Saturday to Seattle for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
According to ESPN, Texans players met on Saturday to discuss how to handle McNair's comments.
Some players around the league followed his example in kneeling during the anthem, but the demonstrations had largely fizzled out until last month, when US President Donald Trump reignited the issue by decrying any player who kneeled during the anthem as a "son of a bitch" who should be fired. Since then, players all across the league have come out against his comments.