NFL Owner Compares His Players to ‘Inmates’ Amid Anthem Protests

The national anthem controversy is only getting more heated as the days roll on. There’s a side which believes they are effectively raising awareness about racial injustice, and a side that believes they are disrespecting our national anthem. Both sides just can’t seem to find common ground

Today, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is facing intense backlash after saying “We can’t have the inmates running the prison” during an owners meeting on October 18. As first reported by ESPN The Magazine, it was revealed today that he said these words at an owners meeting, where they met to discuss the ongoing controversy and to decide what direction to take to resolve the issue.

At first, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that all players should stand, but later retracted his comments and said everyone still has the option due to there being no rule enforcing anything.

After heavy scrutiny, McNair issued an apology.

“I regret that I used that expression,” McNair said. “”I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. 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.”

Today, start player DeAndre Hopkins skipped practice after hearing about his owners’ controversial comments. Many other players wanted to walk out as well.

Players seemed to be very upset with their owner, and are now calling for him to step down. Their coach, Bill O’Brien, says he’s 100 percent with his team.

Several big-name athletes have commented on the matter, trying to persuade the players to revolt against their owner.

NFL owners are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday to discuss future plans relating to the matter. It will be interesting to see if the Texans to boycott the game on Sunday, like they are threatening to currently do.

What do you think about the owner’s comments? Should the team boycott? Let us know.

— PJ Amirata

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