On Friday it was revealed that Texans owner Bob McNair referred to NFL players as “inmates running the prison’ to group of owners during a meeting last week.
We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” McNair reportedly said, referring to NFL players.
The meeting took place last week in New York, one day after a small group of owners met with a handful of players about ongoing protests during the national anthem.
NFL executive Troy Vincent, a former player, later stood up and said he was offended by McNair’s comment, according to ESPN.
After the owners finished, Troy Vincent stood up. He was offended by McNair’s characterization of the players as “inmates.” Vincent said that in all his years of playing in the NFL — during which, he said, he had been called every name in the book, including the N-word — he never felt like an “inmate.”
McNair apologized for his coomments but players didn’t feel it was genuine and planned to protest before their game against the Seahawks.
It seems like the players lived up to their promise because nearly every Texans players knelt during the anthem before today’s game/