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Houston Texans display unity by protesting their own owner's divisive comments

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The Houston Texans took a knee for the national anthem on Sunday afternoon before a game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The reason for this particular protest was controversial comments made by team owner Bob McNair during the week, which Texans players felt crossed the line.

Therefore, in a display of unity, nearly every player on the roster knelt while the national anthem played in Seattle on Sunday afternoon.

According to left tackle Duane Brown, one of the team leaders, it was an emotional moment for him and his teammates, but he told that it was about the players supporting each other:

"[There were] a lot of emotions running through our team," Brown said. "But just a huge sense of unity, I think we all felt, just coming out and playing for each other. And that was it. Forgetting everything else. Once kickoff started, we tried to block out any other distractions we may have had and try and go to work.

"I'm never going to force anybody to do anything that they don't feel comfortable with. I think we all felt the same way on Friday. And as far as the demonstration went, some people didn't feel quite comfortable doing it, some people did. But we all supported each other, and that was what was important. I don't think anyone looks at anyone differently for what they stood for or didn't stand for."

What happens next remains to be seen, but it's clear the Texans players still aren't happy with McNair's response to the situation.

The protests stem from comments McNair made during meetings this week, which compared players to prisoners:

"We can't have the inmates running the prison," he said during a meeting of owners, according to

McNair apologized, but it's clear the players didn't think the apology went far enough. Here's what McNair said for himself after the controversial comments:

"I am truly sorry to the players for how this has impacted them and the perception that it has created of me, which could not be further from the truth," he said.

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The Texans went on to lose a thrilling game against the Seahawks 41-38 to fall to 3-4 on the season.

What happens next in this protest remains to be seen, but it will be interesting to see if players meet with McNair again this week to try to sort things out.

It's clear something needs to change, but whether or not the protests continue next weekend is unclear at this point.

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