"We can't have the," McNair said, according to the story.
McNair would confirm the quotes via an apology issued from the Texans. NFL players did not appreciate it, ripping the Texans owner. One of his own players, wideout DeAndre Hopkins, even left practice as a result of the comments. Duane Brown was furious, blasting his current boss amid his recently-ended holdout.
There was talk about Texans players protesting ahead of the Week 8 game in Seattle. And the Texans did indeed make a statement, with much of the team taking knees during the national anthem.
Reporters counted roughly 10 players on the Texans who did not take a knee, with the majority of players kneeling during the anthem.
The moment was also captured on the CBS Sports broadcast.
Even some of the players who stood for the anthem held hands or linked arms with teammates who were kneeling.
This article originally appeared on CBSSports.com.