Texans Owner on NFL Protests: ‘We Can’t Have the Inmates Running the Prison’

Bob McNair
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A recent statement from an NFL team owner has confirmed our suspicions that slave-holder mentalities are indeed running amuck among NFL bigwigs.

ESPN reports players, team owners and other NFL shot-callers convened last week to establish a plan of action surrounding the two-sided backlash over protests which take place during the pre-game national anthem. During an Oct. 17 meeting, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair remarked: “We can’t have the inmates running the prison” in reference to the players.

McNair’s comment appalled a number of folks in the room including Black former NFL cornerback Troy Vincent. McNair, who’s donated millions to the Trump campaign, later apologized to the former athlete.

Following President Donald Trump’s condemnation of players who don’t stand for the national anthem, Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality surged back into the spotlight. Since Trump’s September remarks, some players have continued to sit or kneel during the anthem or raise their fist upon its conclusion.

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The convening at the NFL’s Manhattan headquarters. It came just a week after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones attempted to set a precedent amidst the controversies when he demanded players stand during the anthem.

The next summit between NFL execs and players is set to take place on Tuesday and Kaepernick has reportedly been invited.


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