Are we watching the demise of the NFL? After a report detailing comments made by Houston Texans owner Bob McNair using inmates and players in an analogy during NFL owners meetings was released, things got hot at the team’s practice.
Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins walked out after hearing that McNair used the analogy of prison inmates in a conversation about kneeling players.
McNair said: “Can’t have the inmates running the prison,” misusing the saying: “can’t have inmates running the asylum.” Considering that the whole inspiration behind Colin Kaepernick‘s decision not to stand for the anthem was because of police brutality, the comment was extremely tone deaf.
This comes on the heels of Jerry Jones stating that Dallas Cowboys players would absolutely stand for the anthem. Which was a follow up of Donald Trump’s “sons of b**ches” comment. NFL players are fed up.
McNair apologized in a statement.
“I regret that I used that expression, 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.”
ESPN insider Adam Schefter reported that other Texans players wanted to boycott practice and needed to be convinced to stay. Running back D’Onta Foreman also left over McNair’s comments.
McNair is a huge Trump supporter, who donated over $4.5 million to his campaign. The highest out of all NFL owners.
Several pro athletes, both inside the NFL and other leagues, have added their thoughts on McNair’s comments including Draymond Green, Richard Sherman and others