Houston Texans Owner Bob McNair’s insensitive (and frankly dumb) comments during a closed-door owners meeting is still receiving backlash.
After remarking "we can't have the inmates running the prison” in reference to player’s national anthem protest, he got the gambit of media criticism and even had some of his players skip practice after being notified about what was said.
You can now add Jay-Z to those voicing their opposition to the jig owners have been trying to pull on players. During his opening 4:44 Tour stop in Anaheim, California on Friday (October 17), Hov talked to the audience about McNair’s comment and says much hasn’t changed.
“[They’re] injuring themselves on the field, giving it all they got,” he said prior to performing his 4:44 hit “The Story of O.J." “That’s how they look at you. That’s what they think about you. We got so much further to go. The truth is we all believe in whatever you believe in. God, Allah. Whatever you believe in, we come from one source which means we are all brothers and sisters at the end of the day.”
Bob McNair ultimately walked back the insensitive comment, but only apologized about using the wrong “figure of speech” rather than acknowledging that prison reform is part of the reason why the players are protesting.
Watch Hov make his remarks below.
Jay Z addressing McNair’s Inmates running the prison comment. pic.twitter.com/8x2vmeZmh4— Robert Littal (@BSO) October 28, 2017
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