Texans' owner Bob McNair apologizes for 'inmates' statement during anthem meeting

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He said his piece during a players-owners session during the meeting where both sides had an opportunity to engage about a divisive happening that's occurring during the beginning of games. Sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Hopkins' absence from practice was directly related to McNair's comment.

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner joined Richard Sherman in bashing McNair. Most of the players later returned to practice, while coaching staff talked remaining players out of protesting. Some reportedly wanted to walk out of practice and only a hastily arranged meeting by coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith prevented everyone but DeAndre Hopkins and D'Onta Freeman from leaving.

"It sucks for them". Sucks that they have to deal with that. I think it angered a lot of players, including myself.

ESPN's story, which included McNair's quote, was published this morning.

Offensive tackle Duane Brown told reporters McNair's comments at the meeting "were disrespectful and ignorant" and made Brown "very upset". But our owner is awesome. "That's how I feel about it". We can't let you have your own beliefs. Anybody that feels like we're given this and we're just privileged to have this money; yes we're grateful for it. It's not a surprise. "They are just finally starting to say it".

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"I am truly sorry to the players for how this has impacted them and the perception that it has created of me which could not be further from the truth". And Hopkins, who hadn't been listed with an injury this week, didn't show up. But eventually you have take people for their word and for who they are.

The Texans held a players meeting Saturday in Seattle to decide how to handle Sunday after McNair's comments surfaced, the source said.

"No, because that's a generalization", he said.

McNair's remark about "inmates" offended at least one person in the room - NFL executive Troy Vincent, who is black and a former football player. But do I think there are some conservative owners who have Confederate flags at their homes and things like that? He returned last week and played two snaps early before again injuring the ankle and has not practiced all week. According to ESPN, the team will meet Saturday night to consider some form of a demonstration before the game Sunday.

"He's picked stuff up immediately", Carroll said. "I know some inmates".

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