Published: Sun, October 29, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

NFL Owner on Protests: 'Can't Have the Inmates Running the Prison'

NFL Owner on Protests: 'Can't Have the Inmates Running the Prison'

This morning, an ESPN story about the NFL's meetings between players and owners about the protests during the national anthem was released, providing a look into the meetings that bad some of the league's owners look pretty bad.

"We can't have the inmates running the prison", Bob McNair was quoted as saying in ESPN The Magazine on Friday.

As much as McNair may not value his players and may not agree with protests, they're lining his pockets with plenty of money.

He was offended by McNair's "inmates" comments. "I told them if I had it to do over again I wouldn't use that expression".

McNair, 79, has since gone on record to express his "regrets" about using "that expression", insisting it was a "figure of speech that was never meant to be taken literally". "If any of the players were offended by what was reported, I'm sorry about that, and I apologized to them for that".

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Protests have spread throughout the league since Colin Kaepernick sat, and later knelt, during the playing of the United States national anthem before a game in 2016. "The predominantly white and rich owners appear to recognize the optics of curtailing black players' free speech by demanding that they stand for the anthem", Newsweek added. That isn't going to stop McNair from trying, however.

While Brown suddenly has become very vocal with his criticism of McNair, it happened in direct response to the publication of McNair's words, which upset plenty of other players.

After outrage and suggestions his remarks were racist, McNair issued an apology through the Texans' public relations dept., while denying he had been referring to the players. "Well, I'm not in a hospital and I'm for damn sure not in a prison".

A three time Pro Bowler, Brown ended his contract holdout this week, putting him in line to play against the Seattle Seahawks. Anybody that feels like we're given this and we're just privileged to have this money; yes we're grateful for it. Does a larger protest arise from players responding to McNair's stupidity?

"I used a figure of speech that was never meant to be taken literally", McNair said.

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