Bob McNair Reportedly Met with Players to Apologize for Prison Comments

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At a meeting including other owners and commissioner Roger Goodell, McNair reportedly said "we can't have inmates running the prison", referring to players kneeling during the national anthem. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and rookie running back D'Onta Foreman, left the team facility and did not practice. Brown said players ultimately made a decision to practice but added that the team will reconvene to discuss the issue at a later time.

McNair apologized for his comments, but the damage was already done - and members of the Texans were not happy, with some even desiring a walk out during Friday's practice.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Hopkins had taken a "personal day". The player also said that he expects everyone on the team to travel Saturday to Seattle.

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.

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McNair apologized to Vincent during the meeting, and issued another apology after his remarks became public on Friday. "I can't say I'm surprised and".

"I think it angered a lot of players, including myself", Brown said.

Although McNair has since apologized for his offensive comments, some believe the National Football League owner to be innocent because of his use of a figure of speech.

Forty-niners owner Jed York and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie spoke next; York emphasized that each market was different while Lurie supported his players' right to kneel.

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Later, McNair pulled Vincent aside to apologize - saying he felt disgusting and this his words weren't to be taken literally. "In order to be an inmate, you're either in the hospital or prison". We can't let you speak for yourself.

"As long as the prevailing reality of our league includes a culture where owners feel such behavior and language is permissible, our cause will continue to be stifled and progress will remain elusive. It's a bad situation". You don't understand the expression. They feel how they feel.

"That's about as good a smoking gun for collusion as you can get", he said. "Hopefully at some point, we'll meet at some kind of middle ground, but it's frustrating, for sure".

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