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Texans Owner Bob McNair Apologizes For “Inmates Running The Prison” Comment

(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.”

 

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Hundreds Rally To Support Unsigned NFL Player Colin Kaepernick

(SL) – Heavy support for  29-year old Colin Kaepernick continues to grow after the QB still has yet to get back on a team in the NFL.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell insists that there’s no coordinated effort to bar Kaepernick. But many question why one of the top QBs, who led San Francisco to the Super Bowl in 2013, doesn’t have a job.
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Goodell says, “I think every one of our teams will do what is in their best interest to put a winning team on the field and to do what they really are hoping to do, which is create a franchise that is winning,’ he said. ‘And if they see that opportunity, they’ll do that.”
The former San Francisco 49ers offensive leader was at the heart of a controversial silent protest last year when he began kneeling during the national anthem to demonstrate against police brutality and racial injustice.

He was subsequently released by the team at the end of last year’s season and has yet to be picked up by another franchise.

On Wednesday, hundreds of fans attended a demonstration in front of the  NFL’s main offices in Manhattan. His fans believe wholeheartedly that he is being blackballed. The issue has raised a national debate in some quarters as to whether athletes should be engaged in political demonstrations on the field.

Other players have followed Kaepernick’s example, refusing to stand up for the anthem in a gesture both in support of Kaepernick and his stance against racial discrimination.

On Monday, at least 12 members of the Cleveland Browns refused to stand for the national anthem, the largest on-field sign of solidarity by an NFL team yet.