I'm not sure any amount of apologies will ever help Houston Texans owner Bob McNair win back the trust and respect of his players after he said, "We can't let the inmates run the prison", while discussing the national anthem protests with fellow NFL owners last week.
Check below for Twitter reactions to McNair's comment.
As NFL owners met as protests swallowed the league following comments by President Donald Trump, McNair made the comment that "we can't have the inmates running the prison", in regard to the player protests. And he wasn't finished there.
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 don't believe he is the only owner that feel that way. smh", Decoud tweeted.
- Liz Lemon (@_MyDMsBroke) October 27, 2017Bob McNair needs to realize the millions of dollars he is making is because of these "inmates". "They just kind of sent me to the wolves". Many people have also forgotten (or never knew) that Kaepernick also consulted with a veteran and former National Football League player as to whether he was insulting the troops and about the best method to use for his protest. I used a figure of speech that was never meant to be taken literally.
Jets offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum declined to comment on McNair's remark at practice Friday.
"I haven't seen anything quite like that, but I can't say I'm surprised", Brown said.
Brown remained one of the most vocal Texans players.
"The majority of owners understand this is important to the players and want to be supportive, even if they don't exactly know how to be supportive", an owner said. So there's a lot of factors you have to consider. I think you stand with your beliefs. "But this is bigger than just the protests". "If you're bothered by the use of the word inmates, sorry, that's a you problem".
Forty-niners owner Jed York and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie spoke next; York emphasized that each market was different while Lurie supported his players' right to kneel.
"It's frustrating, but I don't think it should discourage anybody". You got to continue to feel how you feel.