Texans owner McNair meets with players amid 'inmates' remark fallout

Who Is Bob McNair? The Houston Texans Owner Made A Shocking Comment About Protestors Joe Robbins  Getty Images Sport  Getty Images

Who Is Bob McNair? The Houston Texans Owner Made A Shocking Comment About Protestors Joe Robbins Getty Images Sport Getty Images

A number of players, mostly African-American, have knelt or raised fists during the "Star-Spangled Banner" to protest the treatment of minorities by police officers and racial inequality in the criminal justice system.

"When it happened, there's a thousand emotions going through your mind", left tackle Duane Brown said. It wasn't just Hopkins either, the entire team thought about skipping practice before coach Bill O'Brien was able to convince them to attend.

The Texans expect Hopkins and all other Texans to be with the team Saturday when they're scheduled to fly to Seattle to take on the Seahawks the following day.

The comment was published in an ESPN The Magazine story about two recent days of meetings among owners, players and others to discuss the protests that have drawn the ire of President Donald Trump.

McNair had already issued a public apology Friday for his remark, which he made at the National Football League owners meeting 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.

McNair apologized for the comment Friday and again Saturday, saying: "I am truly sorry to the players for how this has impacted them and the perception that it has created of me which could not be further from the truth". "I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it".

Looking at McNair's statement, I have a hard time believing that he was really talking about the NFL league office and the owners when he talked about not allowing the inmates to run the prison. The new issue of ESPN magazine out November 13, takes readers inside the NFL's recent meetings in NY following the firestorm of controversy that erupted after President Donald Trump's scathing comments about the protest against racial injustice and police brutality spearheaded by Colin Kaepernick.

"I think the comments were disrespectful and ignorant", Brown said. We can't let you speak for yourself. "I'm sure there's a lot of owners who feel that way. It's a bad situation".

Although I'd personally stand and put my hand over my heart for the national anthem, I can't abridge someone's constitutional right to free speech. You got to continue to feel how you feel.

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