Houston Texans owner Bob McNair stuck his entire foot into his mouth, so to speak, by likening NFL players to prison inmates in a cringe-worthy analogy.
In a meeting with other team owners and league executives about the ongoing national anthem protests, McNair warned against having “inmates running the prison,” Sports Illustrated reports.
He made this remark while asking those in attendance to consider the effect the protests have on the league’s business. NFL executive Troy Vincent — who is also a former player — objected to McNair’s crass comment later in the meeting and said he was offended by it.
“After the owners finished, Troy Vincent stood up,” ESPN reported. “He was offended by McNair's characterization of the players as ‘inmates.’ Vincent said that in all his years of playing in the NFL — during which, he said, he had been called every name in the book, including the N-word — he never felt like an ‘inmate.’”
At the time, McNair apologized to Vincent, but after word spread to the public, the Texans released an official statement on Friday apologizing for his thoughtless remarks.
"I regret that I used that expression. 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," McNair said. "I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it."
While McNair’s public apology was warranted, it was also disingenuous. McNair meant exactly what he said in that meeting, and he’s just doing damage control now to quell the inevitable backlash.
These types of comments expose the true colors of these owners and executives who actually agree with President Donald Trump about the protests, but — for the sake of their livelihoods — can’t be quite as vocal and unapologetic about their feelings.
Proof that solidifies McNair shares the same slave plantation owner mindset as Trump is the fact that he contributed to Trump's presidential campaign and donated $1 million to his inaugural committee.
With or without this half-hearted apology, McNair has already inadvertently let the world know how he truly views his players — the men who put in the hard work on the field each week to line his very deep pockets with money that he uses to support a white supremacist president. Go figure.
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