‘You can’t have the inmates running the prison’: Texans owner Bob McNair allegedly likens NFL players to prisoners while arguing for a mandate forcing them to stand for anthem

Friday, October 27, 2017
By Paul Martin

McNair was supporting Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who believes the owners should make all decisions regarding the national anthem
A billionaire, McNair is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump
McNair reportedly apologized to executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, who was said to be offended by McNair’s comment
Jones allegedly argued that it was he and the other owners who turned the NFL into a billion-dollar industry, so it should be the owners who make the rules
NFL’s total viewership dropped about 7.5 percent over the first six weeks of the season compared with the same time frame in 2016
Following owners meetings last week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said it’s his belief ‘everyone’ should stand for the anthem, but stopped short of announcing any new rule that would compel players to do so
NFL players have been protesting inequality and police brutality against minorities since the 2016 preseason. During a September speech in Alabama, Trump referred to protesting NFL players as ‘sons of b******’

By Alex Raskin Sports News Editor
DailyMail.com
27 October 2017

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair reportedly likened NFL players to ‘inmates running the prison’ at a recent league meeting in New York.

McNair was speaking about the players who have protested inequality and police brutality against minorities by sitting, kneeling, or raising a fist during the national anthem.

The NFL owners had a private meeting in Manhattan last week, where McNair, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke in favor of mandating that players stand.

‘You can’t have the inmates running the prison,’ McNair said, according to ESPN.

According to the report, former All-Pro cornerback and current NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent took offense to the suggestion. Vincent said he has been called many racial slurs over the years, but had never felt like an inmate.

Jones insisted that it was the owners who helped turn the NFL into a $15 billion-a-year business, so it should be the owners who decide what to do about the protests.

In a press conference following the meeting on October 19, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he believes ‘everyone’ should stand for the national anthem, but stopped short of introducing any new rule that would compel players to do so.

When asked if teams will be allowed to punish players for sitting or kneeling, the Commissioner said he ‘can’t deal with hypotheticals right now’ adding that it ‘wasn’t necessary’ to discuss any rule changes with owners.

The NFL has been the target of public criticism from fans and President Donald Trump over players protesting during the national anthem.

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