Texans owner Bob McNair apologizes for recent comment

Ross Houston
October 27, 2017

The plan called for the league to broaden its My Cause, My Cleats initiative; help arrange more meetings between players and legislators, on the local, state, and federal level; and use the NFL's massive platform to amplify these causes.

This week, San Diego Chargers left tackle Russell Okung expressed frustration with the NFL's lack of action since the meeting two weeks ago. Jets linebacker DeMario Davis made it clear during the meeting that this was the something the players were concerned with, according to ESPN.

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


The next summit between National Football League execs and players is set to take place on Tuesday and Kaepernick has reportedly been invited. Goodell has even been quoted speaking positively of the interactions. A couple of players said immediately afterwards that they felt it was a productive meeting, and some important issues were raised. This meeting occurred behind closed doors with only the 11 owners, Goodell and an adviser. One of them was created by Houston Texans owner Bob McNair.

"We can't have the inmates running the prison", he said, according to the ESPN report.

Washington owner Dan Snyder responded to Jones by saying he shared in his concerns, which is when McNair reportedly drew his "inmates" analogy. Some in the room were shocked by the comment. He was offended by McNair's characterization of the players as "inmates".


The recent ownership meetings, which became dominated by the anthem controversy, included plenty of interesting and compelling moments.

On Friday, McNair issued an apology for his obtuse choice of words. Kaepernick, a free agent, was not picked up by any team this season, and he is claiming league owners colluded against him.

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


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