Texans Owner Bob McNair Said, 'We Can't Have The Inmates Running The Prison' In Reference To Protesting Players

Houston Texans Owner Bob McNair

Texans Owner Bob McNair Said, 'We Can't Have The Inmates Running The Prison' In Reference To Protesting Players

And people are absolutely destroying him for it.

Published October 27, 2017

Is this how NFL team owners view players who kneel during the national anthem? Well, at the very least, it's how Houston Texans owner Bob McNair sees protesting players in the league.

"We can't have the inmates running the prison," McNair said during the NFL Players Association's meeting with team owners last week, as reported by ESPN.

Wow. 

Troy Vincent, the NFL's EVP of Football Operations and a former cornerback in the league, took great offense to the comment, and, according to ESPN, stood up during the meeting and said that over the course of his career (1992-2006) he was called everything — even the N-word — but never felt like an "inmate."

McNair, who donated $2 million to Donald Trump's campaign last year, before calling the president's controversial comments about NFL players "divisive" last month, was thoroughly blasted for his "inmates" remark despite later apologizing on Friday.

  1. Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins reportedly responded to mcnair's comment by skipping the team's practice Friday

    Boom!

  2. Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown and his wife, Devi, were irked to learn that this is how McNair views players

    Yes. Where is the respect?

  3. McNair Comparing protesting NFL players to 'inmates' made Twitter collectively cringe

    Shaking our heads.

  4. Houston (and well beyond), we have a problem ...

    Yes, call him out!

  5. Others flat out told McNair, 79, what he could do with himself with thinking like that

    You heard it.

  6. Reggie Bush Wants To see McNair lose ownership rights over the 'inmates' comment just as Donald Sterling did with the Clippers

    Solid point.

  7. Draymond Green also compared McNair to the former Clippers owner and suggested sports does away with the title owner altogether

    Agreed.

  8. And just in case you weren't keeping track ...

    Some leadership.

  9. Rightfully so, people saluted Troy Vincent for letting McNair know to his face what he thought about his egregious 'inmates' remark

    We, too, are proud of Vincent for checking McNair, but NFL team owners shouldn't have condoned that comment, either.

  10. If McNair thinks like this, people wondered how many other NFL owners share his opinion

    McNair is definitely not alone among NFL team owners feeling similarly.

  11. McNair apologized today, but Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was one of many people who didn't want to hear it

    "I regret that I used that expression," McNair said in statement released Friday, as reported by the Houston Chronicle. "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."

    Well, anyone with a conscience is offended by it, Mr. McNair. But as Richard Sherman pointed out, your apology doesn't change what you said.

  12. clippers center and houston native deandre jordan wasn't having mcnair's apology, either

    Say that last part again. An apology can't take back a comment like that.

Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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