February 25, 2018

Bob McNair claims he was calling league office inmates in latest statement

29 October 2017, 01:23 | Ken Black

Report: NFL Owner on Protests: 'Can't Have the Inmates Running the Prison'

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Houston Texans owner Bob McNair met with the team's roster on Saturday, the latest development sparked by his recent controversial remark comparing National Football League players to prisoners.

Despite his apology, McNair's comment was enough to make several Texans players consider staging a walk out. McNair's remarks drew immediate pushback from fellow league executive and former NFL cornerback Troy Vincent who, per ESPN, said "that in all his years of playing in the NFL - during which, he said, he had been called every name in the book, including the N-word - he never felt like an 'inmate'".

ESPN reports players, team owners and other NFL shot-callers convened last week to establish a plan of action surrounding the two-sided backlash over protests which take place during the pre-game national anthem.

Brown said that, after the protest, McNair "didn't have anything to say to me".

The subject dominated a two-day meeting earlier this month in NY among league executives and team owners, where McNair is said to have made the comment.

ESPN's story, which included McNair's quote, was published this morning. I asked Brown if he thinks it would ever come to that.

Former NFL star punter Chris Kluwe in October of 2015 penned an open letter to McNair, in his own unique way, asking if the Texas billionaire is a "cowhumping glue-huffer stupid enough to buy in on clearly outdated ideals of bigotry and intolerance?" "I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players", McNair wrote in a statement released by the Texans.

President Donald Trump escalated the controversy in September, when he suggested owners should fire any "son of a bitch" who refused to stand for the anthem.

"I regret that I used that expression", McNair, 79, said in a statement. "So, if I say a figure of speech that's not socially okay I'm going to get fined".

"This is how you view us: 'You're an inmate".

I'm not sure if I'm buying this latest explanation.

Green took to Instagram, noting right out of the gate that McNair's comments were in line with Sterling's in nature. "If you're bothered by the use of the word inmates, sorry, that's a you problem. We can't let you speak for yourself'".

Brown remained one of the most vocal Texans players. We can't let you have your own beliefs.

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