(SL) – Texans owner Bob McNair apologized for saying the league should avoid having “inmates running the prison,” regarding player protests during the national anthem.
Some Texans players reportedly considered staging a walkout Friday in response to McNair’s comment, and star receiver DeAndre Hopkins was absent from practice as a direct result.
ESPN The Magazine reported McNair made the remark after other owners in an Oct. 18 meeting spoke about business concerns surrounding the anthem protests.
That came a day after owners and players had met to discuss social reform. “I regret that I used that expression,” McNair said in a statement. “I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players.
I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”