National Football League owner apologizes after 'inmates running the prison' comment

National Football League owner apologizes after 'inmates running the prison' comment

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has released a second apology and is attempting to explain his comments, a day after a report revealed that he said "we can't have the inmates running the prison" during a meeting of NFL owners about players who protest by kneeling during the national anthem.

"I told them if I had it to do over again I wouldn't use that expression". "I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players". "I wouldn't say the higher-ups in the league feel the way that Bob does because I don't think our owner does, and I think there are very progressive owners in this league who don't feel that way".

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, an opponent of the Texans on Sunday, also reacted critically to McNair's remarks. It came just a week after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones attempted to set a precedent amidst the controversies when he demanded players stand during the anthem.

ESPN The Magazine reported that McNair, in discussing the controversial protests with other NFL owners on October 18, said the league "can't have the inmates running the prison". But as far as myself, I don't (have a thought on that). He told Josina Anderson of ESPN that 65-70% of their team would be kneeling and they decided not to remove their decals.

He said, "I think the comments were disrespectful, I think it was ignorant, I think it was embarrassing".

"Janice and I have been privileged to support great initiatives in higher education and athletics", McNair said in January. "But this is bigger than just the protests". This is how you view us. You're an inmate. We can't let you guys out of line.

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I can appreciate ppl being candid.

"Some of these owners are showing their true colors", Sherman said.

"These are the inmates that if you connected the dots of the conversation would be who they were speaking of", said Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee as she held up photos of players such as quarterback Deshaun Watson and tight end Stephen Anderson.

Green called McNair's remark "very Donald Sterling-esque", a reference to the former Los Angeles Clippers owner who was banned from the National Basketball Association for life for making racist comments that leaked in 2014. They feel how they feel.

"That's about as good a smoking gun for collusion as you can get", he said. "Hopefully at some point, we'll meet at some kind of middle ground, but it's frustrating, for sure".

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