Houston Texans NFL owner on players kneeling: ‘we can’t have the inmates running the prison’

During a closed-door meeting among NFL team owners and executives, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair made a stunningly inappropriate analogy about allowing players to kneel during the national anthem. “We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” said McNair, a multimillion-dollar Trump campaign contributor, according to an ESPN report about the conference. NFL executive and former player Troy Vincent reportedly took the most offense to the comment, engaging in heated back-and-forth with McNair and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones—a hardliner against NFL players kneeling. McNair later apologized to Vincent, per ESPN, “saying that he felt horrible and that his words weren’t meant to be taken literally, which Vincent appreciated.” Additionally, the report observed how Jones and Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder were openly angry with San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York for allowing ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick to kneel a year ago, kicking off the league’s national anthem “crisis.”

On Friday morning, the Texans released a statement from McNair: “I regret that I used that expression. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players,” he said. “I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”

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31 Responses to Houston Texans NFL owner on players kneeling: ‘we can’t have the inmates running the prison’

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  7. rikyrah says:

    They’re all letting their racist flags fly

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  8. vitaminlover says:

    Southern, since you love Texas and I ‘know’ you, I am pulling with you for the Astros. Gooooooooo Houston!!

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  9. Bob McNair’s “we can’t have inmates running the prison”
    =
    Donald Sterling’s “Don’t Bring Black People to my Games”

    #TakeAKnee

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  10. Ametia says:

    #45,Russia & his RACIST CABAL.

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  14. Ametia says:

    The NFL players need to stage a 21st century SLAVE REVOLT

    PERIOD

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  15. In the words of Childish Gambino….

    Too late❗️
    You wanna make it right, but now it’s too late…

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  16. Jerry Jones is plantation owner, Dr. William Reynolds from Roots. I hope the entire team #TakeAKnee. Dismiss them all, Jerry Jones!

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  17. nedhamson says:

    Racists never mean to offend when someone calls them out or reports on what they say. I’ve more than had my fill of elevator racists – aka those who tell racist jokes of slurs on the elevator full of white, where they think they are “safe.” Now I am the thin-skinned one because I call them out and leave gatherings/meetings and telling people why I am leaving. Then I am told they did not mean it or were joking – and I say I will not stand ofr it and you are a liar – you did mean it and it is never a joke.

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  26. OMFG! This is how he sees them……as inmates.

    Too late for an apology. The damage is done. #TakeAKnee ’til free.

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