Published: Fri, October 27, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Texans owner Bob McNair apologizes for recent comment

Texans owner Bob McNair apologizes for recent comment

"We can't have the inmates running the prison", Robert McNair, the owner of the Houston Texans, told fellow National Football League owners at an October 17 meeting called to address the financial repercussions of National Football League players silently kneeling to protest police brutality, and the subsequent criticism from President Donald Trump.

ESPN published an in-depth report Friday regarding several meetings between league commissioner Roger Goodell, team owners, and players this month to address the anthem protests, and how the NFL was going to go about moving forward.

"I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it."The owner of the Houston Texans is in hot water after reportedly saying when it comes to players kneeling in the NFL, "You can't have the inmates running the prison".

McNair later spoke to Vincent privately and apologized, saying he didn't intend his words to be taken literally, which Vincent reportedly accepted. The article posed McNair and influential Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on one end of a spectrum of owners dealing with the protests.

They noted McNair's statement in the owners' exchange of concerns "stunned some in the room".

The next owners-players meeting is scheduled for October 31. Ratings have been down and sponsors are concerned about not only the ratings but the impact of player protests.

There was no mention of Chiefs owner Clark Hunt in the story. This claim was not well received, according to ESPN. The issue that is now being raised is what was said in the second day of the meeting.

NFL owners and executives have been scrambling to determine the best response to players protesting during the national anthem this season, a movement started past year by Colin Kaepernick to demonstrate against racial injustice and police brutality.

The "Take a Knee" protests started when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the 2016 preseason to protest police brutality, which disproportionately affects African-Americans.

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