"We can't have the inmates running the prison", McNair said at a meeting regarding National Football League players' demonstrations against racial inequality and police brutality. McNair, during the players-owners meeting, was trying to implore his fellow owners that they should not allow the players to protest the anthem, in the process risking some owner money and fan popularity. The fact they protested this week in the wake of McNair's comments is likely not a coincidence.
Seven Seahawks players - five in uniform and two inactive players - sat during the anthem, continuing the protest Michael Bennett started earlier this year. And that's exactly what they did before Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.
McNair met with the players on Saturday, then released another statement in which he claimed the "inmates" comment was a reference to the league office, not the players. We put our bodies and minds on the line every time we step on that field, and to use an analogy of inmates in prison, that's disrespectful.
Although only a small minority of the league participated in such protests, President Donald Trump demanded players stand for the national anthem.
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McNair's apologies and Saturday's meeting did not appear to do much to assuage players' concerns however, and ESPN reported Saturday night that players were weighing their options about what sort of demonstration that would do Sunday in Seattle.
About ten players stood with their hands over their hearts, according to The Houston Chronicle.