Texans owner Bob McNair apologized on Friday for his “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” remark regarding fellow NFL owners allowing kneeling protests to continue:

The remark was made at the NFL owners meeting in NYC last week. From the New York Times:

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair apologized on Friday for a remark he made last week about “inmates running the prison” if N.F.L. owners allowed players to continue to sit or kneel during the national anthem, but the apology appears to have done little to appease his own players.

McNair made the comment among 11 owners and a dozen players, many of them African-Americans who have demonstrated during the anthem to highlight a lack of attention to racial oppression. The players and owners were seeking common ground on the issue at a meeting at N.F.L. headquarters in Manhattan.

When discussion turned to whether the league ought to clamp down on the protests, McNair suggested it should because “we can’t have the inmates running the prison.” The comment was taken as insensitive and demeaning to the players.

But as you might imagine, players weren’t happy about the comment and even threatened to boycott practice today:

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to skip practice, reportedly because of McNair’s comment:

Offensive lineman Duane Brown laid into McNair with reporters after practice today:

Brown’s wife, Devi, wasn’t happy with McNair, too:

Texans rookie Treston Decoud tweeted that he thinks other owners have similar feelings toward the players:

Coach Bill O’Brien told reporters that he’s “100 percent with these players”:

Keep an eye on this as it’s sure to be an issue on Sunday when Houston takes on the Seattle Seahawks. Here’s Seattle DB Richard Sherman:

Stay tuned.




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