Texans players nearly walked out of practice after Bob McNair's 'inmate' comments

Who Is Bob McNair? The Houston Texans Owner Made A Shocking Comment About Protestors Joe Robbins  Getty Images Sport  Getty Images

Speaking at a meeting between owners, team executives and commissioner Roger Goodell, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair reportedly said "we can't have the inmates running the prison" in response to NFL players taking a knee during the United States national anthem.

An ESPN report published Friday detailed last week's conference in NY, saying McNair's comment "stunned some in the room".

Receiver DeAndre Hopkins' absence from Texans practice Friday was directly related to McNair's comment, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

I regret I used that expression. LT Duane Brown told reporters that McNair's comments referring to players as "inmates" in a "prison" "sickened me" and admitted he is "very upset".

Later, McNair pulled Vincent aside to apologize - saying he felt disgusting and this his words weren't to be taken literally. Still, the league made no change to its guidelines last week to require players to stand during the anthem. And besides, the proposal was ripped by league business executives who just wanted the damn players to stand for the national anthem.

The comment reportedly "stunned some in the room", particularly National Football League executive (and former player) Troy Vincent.




Jets offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum declined to comment on McNair's remark at practice Friday. McNair is a multimillion-dollar campaign contributor to Trump, according to the report. O'Brien, general manager Rick Smith and assistant head coach Romeo Crennel then led a 90-minute team meeting where players were given the platform to speak out.

Kaepernick is expected to be invited to the next meeting between owners and players.

Jerry Jones, billionaire owner of the Dallas Cowboys, took the reigns during the meeting, and his views appeased that of Washington Redskins owner, Dan Snyder, who apparently uttered, "See, Jones gets it - 96 percent of Americans are for guys standing".

He said: "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people". We, not you, own the teams.

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