Houston we have a problem. The city hosting tonight’s World Series game 3 is dealing with another issue besides baseball, after Texans owner Bob McNair made racially insensitive comments last week at the league’s owners’ meetings.
While speaking to NFL owners, executives and league commissioner Roger Goodell, McNair said “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” in response to players taking a knee during the national anthem.
“We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” McNair reportedly said, referring to NFL players.
The meeting took place last week in New York, one day after a small group of owners met with a handful of players about ongoing protests during the national anthem.
NFL executive Troy Vincent, a former player, later stood up and said he was offended by McNair’s comment, according to ESPN.
After the owners finished, Troy Vincent stood up. He was offended by McNair’s characterization of the players as “inmates.” Vincent said that in all his years of playing in the NFL — during which, he said, he had been called every name in the book, including the N-word — he never felt like an “inmate.”
McNair’s comments didn’t sit well with Texans players who were ready to walk-out of practice but were eventually convinced to stay.
Within a short time of that story going public this morning, the Texans released a statement with an apology from McNair, which stated that he didn’t mean to offend anyone and that he “was not referring to our players.”
The Houston Texans play at Seattle on Sunday and will leave tomorrow. Stay tuned.