Texans owner Bob McNair apologizes to his players for calling them 'inmates'
30 October, 2017, 01:56 | Author: Carla Brady
It turns out, as many initially speculated, the wideout skipped practice to show his displeasure at Texans owner Bob McNair.
A handful of Texans players thought about leaving the facility and Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins actually went through with the act after controversial comments about players from Houston owner Bob McNair.
The owner of the Houston Texans is apologizing after referring to National Football League players silently protesting police killings of Black people and racial oppression as "inmates".
ESPN'sSeth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. published a story on Friday detailing the protest meetings this month, and it noted that McNair's commentary "stunned" some attendees in the room. We can't let you have your own beliefs.
Regardless, all sides agree it was a bad choice of words, and even though McNair has apologized at least twice, the team is considering stronger statements of its own prior to its Sunday afternoon game against Seattle. According to ESPN, the team will meet Saturday night to consider some form of a demonstration before the game Sunday.
After issuing his first apology for his comments on Friday, reports stated McNair met with the Texans players to apologize for what he said.
"As I said yesterday, I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meetings last week".
Hopkins did not return to practice along with his teammates, a decision ESPN reporter Adam Schefter said was directly related to McNair's comments. I used a figure of speech that was never meant to be taken literally. "But I think they will make their points and make their points known because obviously he does not value them in the same way they once saw it". But do I think there are some conservative owners who have Confederate flags at their homes and things like that? "We put our bodies and minds on the line every time we step on that field, and to use an analogy of inmates in prison, that's disrespectful". "When you come up to speed on the expression, I'll fill you in on the business acumen that you don't have".
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