He's also caught just 10 touchdown passes in 33 games with the Seahawks after catching 46 in 63 games with the Saints in the four seasons he spent as a starter prior to being traded. Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson, Cliff Avril, Jarran Reed, Frank Clark, Quinton Jefferson, Marcus Smith, Branden Jackson and Nazair Jones all sat on the bench during the anthem.
ESPN The Magazine reported McNair had said last week, "We can't have the inmates running the prison", after other owners in an October 18 National Football League meeting talked of business concerns surrounding the anthem protests.
In the end, after reported conversations that included ripping off the Texans logo from their helmet, the Houston players - almost all of them - took a knee during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner".
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It's a bit 'How do I do that?'. "When I heard it was enough, then, yeah, it's like an explosion in the vehicle ", added the German.
He has since issued a public apology and has met with his team.
"I know they were upset", McNair told the Houston Chronicle. 'I wanted to answer their questions.
I regret that I used that expression. McNair's quote came during an owners-only session to discuss the protest issue. In the forefront of the outrage was left tackle Duane Brown who spoke out against him as well as recalled many other troubling incidents from the owner in the past.
It is the first time this year that any Texans players have demonstrated during the anthem, beyond when the team stood with linked arms during Week 3. Most NFL games had no player protests.