Texans' owner Bob McNair apologizes for 'inmates' statement during anthem meeting

Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was not at practice because of what head coach Bill O'Brien said was a personal day. It turns out, as many initially speculated, the wideout skipped practice to show his displeasure at Texans owner Bob McNair.

The comment was made public in an ESPN The Magazine story published Friday that looked in detail on what went on at an October 17 meeting of select National Football League owners, players and union leaders and the full owners meeting the following day at which McNair made the comment.

Houston Texans' owner Bob McNair met with his players on Saturday, in an attempt to smooth things over after he referred to them as "inmates" during an NFL meeting that included owners and executives from the league. "If something changes, I'm sure we'll let you know".

A handful of owners and players have been meeting in recent weeks to see if the league can help support the players in their causes.

"As I said yesterday, I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meetings last week".

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For many, including myself, I consider those comments to be highly offensive, especially in the context that they were used.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said he believed McNair said exactly what he meant to say. "I think it was embarrassing". I used a figure of speech that was never meant to be taken literally. He told Josina Anderson of ESPN that 65-70% of their team would be kneeling and they decided not to remove their decals.

Whatever happens, players on teams in the rest of the league also took notice of McNair's remarks, with some calling him akin to Donald Sterling, the former Los Angeles Clippers owner who was suspended and forced to sell his team by the National Basketball Association after racially charged remarks that were recorded came to light.

He said, "I think the comments were disrespectful, I think it was ignorant, I think it was embarrassing". "We can't have the inmates running the prison", he said in a statement that "stunned some in the room", according to the report.

Carroll also said he expects newly signed veteran free-agent defensive end Dwight Freeney to play Sunday.


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