The comment was not well-received in the room (it was said during an owners meeting), and McNair apologized to National Football League executive and former National Football League player Troy Vincent after the meeting - saying he felt frightful and this his words weren't to be taken literally.
It appears that McNair's apology was not enough for some players.
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. "To use an analogy of inmates in a prison, I would say they're disrespectful".
Although only a small minority of the league participated in such protests, President Donald Trump demanded players stand for the national anthem.
"I think it angered a lot of players, including myself", Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown told reporters on Friday. According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Texans are planning some sort of group protest prior to the game.
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"McNair said he regretted the comment but was not referring to our players", The Associated Press reported.
As the anthem began, Texans players looked around at each other and then the majority knelt in unison.
This's what Wilson does best - he scrambles behind the line, rolls a few times, creates plays and throws off balance dots that leave defenses asking themselves, "what more could we have possibly done?" Several of the players who chose to stand put a hand on a teammate's shoulder.
The controversy is part of a larger polemic that extends to last season, when Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to raise awareness about racial inequality.