Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has been catching hell, and rightfully so for comments he made at a recent meeting between owners, team executives and Commissioner Roger Goodell.
McNair said the NFL “can’t have the inmates running the prison” regarding protests during the national anthem.
Texans player Duane Brown called the remarks “ignorant” and “disrespectful.”
Two other players, DeAndre Hopkins and D’Onta Foreman left practice last week after hearing about the comments.
McNair later issued an apology:
“I regret that I used that expression,” his statement said. “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.”
On Friday, October 27, JAY-Z joined a growing number of celebrities blasting McNair.
“[They’re] injuring themselves on the field, giving it all they got. That’s how they look at you,” Hov told the crowd during his concert in Anaheim, California. “That’s what they think about you. We got so much further to go. The truth is we all believe in whatever you believe in. God, Allah. Whatever you believe in, we come from one source which means we are all brothers and sisters at the end of the day.”