NFL Owner on Protests: 'Can't Have the Inmates Running the Prison'

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Texans Owner On NFL Protests: 'We Can't Have Inmates Running The Prison'

30 October, 2017

Most of the players later returned to practice, while coaching staff talked remaining players out of protesting.

While Richard Sherman found the comment from Houston Texans owner Bob McNair that was revealed Friday disturbing, the Seahawks cornerback also was glad it was made public.

O'Brien said he expects Hopkins to be on the team plane to fly to Seattle on Saturday and that the wide receiver will play Sunday against the Seahawks.

During the meeting, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, along with team owners, executives and players attempted to find a resolution to the social justice issue hanging over the league's head. "If something changes, I'm sure we'll let you know".

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One of those was African-American league executive vice president/football operations Troy Vincent, a former player, who told the owners that during his playing career he had been called many names, including the N-word, but "never felt like an inmate".

"I was referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners and how they have been making significant strategic decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership over the past few years", McNair said in a news release. "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". I used a figure of speech that was never meant to be taken literally. "I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players". "If any of the players were offended by what was reported, I'm sorry about that, and I apologized to them for that".

Before the excerpted audio, Gottlieb criticized McNair (who has since apologized) for butchering the idiom, which is "inmates running the asylum" (not prison), before addressing Hopkins' reaction.

On Saturday morning, he met with Texans players and expressed regret for the initial comment. But do I think there are some conservative owners who have Confederate flags at their homes and things like that? "We can't have the inmates running the prison", he said in a statement that "stunned some in the room", according to the report.

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