Texans players react after Bob McNair's comments

Oct 30, 2017, 01:52
Texans players react after Bob McNair's comments

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair apologized Friday for a remark he made last week at the Fall League Meeting regarding players not standing during the national anthem before games.

Hopkins, a fifth-year receiver who is tied for the league lead in touchdown receptions, was one of 10 Texans players to leave practice, according to an ESPN report.

McNair issued an apology on Friday, after the "inmates" comment went public. I wouldn't be shocked if more people end up talking about McNair's quote and the reaction to it rather than the game itself in the next 48 hours. "I would never characterise our players or our league that way and I apologise to anyone who was offended by it".

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"This is bigger than just the protests. So thank God we don't have to worry about our owner being involved in some of that". This is how you view us. "We can't let you speak for yourself'". "Just because you have a political position doesn't mean you also have to have a racist position".

"Some of these owners are showing their true colors", Sherman said.

- Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) October 27, 2017I wish more ppl would do that. While the National Football League rulebook focuses on items added to uniforms (sponsor logos, personal messages) rather than items removed from them, the rules are in place: for violations of uniform codes found prior to kickoff, "player will be advised to make appropriate correction; if the violation is not corrected, player will not be permitted to enter the game".

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Fellow team executive and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has also been an outspoken critic of recent anthem protests, threatening to bench players who dared to take a knee.

"I don't think he could have picked a poorer choice of words, referring to us as prisoners", San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid said. The more you sit with players and hear what they're fighting for, it's hard to disagree with them.

Said Brown, when asked if he believes progress is being made, "It's frustrating, but I don't think it should discourage anybody". You don't understand the expression. "Hopefully at some point, we'll meet at some kind of middle ground, but it's frustrating, for sure".

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