Houston Texans’ owner has had to apologize after calling NFL players “inmates running the prison” in reference to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem in protest of “racial” injustices.
Bob McNair who is owner of the Houston Texas team called players inmates after a league meeting in New york set up to discuss the kneeling issue.
On friday Bob said sorry for his remarks at the meeting saying “I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players,” a statement added.
“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.”
After last weeks meeting in New York, despite many NFL bosses like Bob McNair who are opposed to kneeling during the national anthem.. the NFL has said that it will no longer force players to stand during th anthem if they do not want to.
In response to Bobs McNair’s remarks all but 10 of his own players decided to kneel during the national anthem in a recent game on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Only 10 white players decided to stay standing during the anthem.
On Friday Duane Brown warned that the
team would respond to McNair’s words.
“I think it was ignorant,” Brown said. “I think it was embarrassing. I think it angered a lot of players, including myself. We put our bodies and minds on the line every time we step on that field, and to use an analogy of inmates in prison, that’s disrespectful. That’s how I feel about it.”
The Seattle Seahawks ended up beating the Houston Texans, 41-38.