Texans owner Bob McNair meets with players

Houston Texans owner Robert Mc Nair stands on the field before an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New England Patriots Saturday Jan. 14 2017 in Foxborough Mass

Texans owner Bob McNair is facing some serious backlash over some comments he made during the NFL's fall meeting last week.

McNair issued a public apology on Friday for his remark, which he made at the National Football League owners meeting last week.

McNair made the "inmates" statement after other owners at the October 18 meeting talked of business concerns related to the anthem protests, a day after several owners and players had met to discuss social reform.

For many, including myself, I consider those comments to be highly offensive, especially in the context that they were used. "When you come up to speed on the expression, I'll fill you in on the business acumen that you don't have".

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After McNair said those words in the league meeting, the ESPN story said it "stunned some in the room".

McNair, a multi-million dollar Trump campaign contributor, has also released a public apology.

ESPN reported later on Friday that several Texans players considered staging a walkout over McNair's comments and that at least one player, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, skipped practice. "I think that's what our team is trying to do".

Former NFL star punter Chris Kluwe in October of 2015 penned an open letter to McNair, in his own unique way, asking if the Texas billionaire is a "cowhumping glue-huffer stupid enough to buy in on clearly outdated ideals of bigotry and intolerance?" I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. "The predominantly white and rich owners appear to recognize the optics of curtailing black players' free speech by demanding that they stand for the anthem", Newsweek added.

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McNair, 79, has since gone on record to express his "regrets" about using "that expression", insisting it was a "figure of speech that was never meant to be taken literally".

"Janice and I have been privileged to support great initiatives in higher education and athletics", McNair said in January. "If something changes, I'm sure we'll let you know". It was later revealed that Hopkins took the day off because of McNair's inflammatory comment.

The Texans are 3-3 this season, and host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. "If you're bothered by the use of the word inmates, sorry, that's a you problem". Anybody that feels like we're given this and we're just privileged to have this money; yes we're grateful for it. "We can't let you speak for yourself'".

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