Published: Sun, October 29, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

The Texans Considered Staging A Walkout Over Owner Bob McNair's 'Prison' Comments

The Texans Considered Staging A Walkout Over Owner Bob McNair's 'Prison' Comments

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins missed Friday's practice despite not appearing on the injury report or having any visible limitations recently. Most of the players later returned to practice, while coaching staff talked remaining players out of protesting. "But we made a decision to go to work". The situation's not over. "We are again honored to join with other Gamecock supporters in supporting the new football operations center at the University of SC". McNair apologized to Vincent, and after his comments were revealed, released a statement. It wasn't just Hopkins either, the entire team thought about skipping practice before coach Bill O'Brien was able to convince them to attend.

The good news for McNair is that all of his players will show up for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

McNair met with Texans players Saturday morning, after his comments referring to National Football League players as "inmates" became public, according to multiple reports.

"I protested [during the national anthem] past year, and there was no backing of my character as a man as a leader or a player", Brown said. "I would never characterise our players or our league that way and I apologise to anyone who was offended by it".

While Brown suddenly has become very vocal with his criticism of McNair, it happened in direct response to the publication of McNair's words, which upset plenty of other players.

McNair later pulled Vincent aside and apologized, saying that he felt frightful and that his words weren't meant to be taken literally, which Vincent appreciated.

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I'm not sure if I'm buying this latest explanation.

"Janice and I have been privileged to support great initiatives in higher education and athletics", McNair said in January.

McNair's comments come at an interesting time. "If you're bothered by the use of the word inmates, sorry, that's a you problem". You're an inmate. We can't let you get out of line. That's what it feels like.

"It's frustrating, but I don't think it should discourage anybody".

Although I'd personally stand and put my hand over my heart for the national anthem, I can't abridge someone's constitutional right to free speech. They feel how they feel.

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