Texans owner McNair meets with players amid 'inmates' remark fallout

Houston Texans owner Robert Mc Nair stands on the field before an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New England Patriots Saturday Jan. 14 2017 in Foxborough Mass

McNair, who first apologized in a statement on Friday, released a second statement regarding his comments on Saturday.

"As I said yesterday, I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meetings last week". I used a figure of speech that was never meant to be taken literally. My job is to make sure we win this game, which I will do.

Texans left tackle Duane Brown told ESPN on Sunday that he expects "up to 65 to 70 percent" of the team's players could kneel. "The predominantly white and rich owners appear to recognize the optics of curtailing black players' free speech by demanding that they stand for the anthem", Newsweek added.

The money-minting days of the NFL are clearly in jeopardy from ownership's standpoint, and players point to a perceived lack of enthusiasm by the NFL at fostering their passion for increased social awareness and activism against injustices, pointing to breast cancer and other social causes that have received league support. The United States flag has a different meaning to many and I think it's his right to express his opinion.

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He said, "I think the comments were disrespectful, I think it was ignorant, I think it was embarrassing".

"I know they were upset", McNair said. "In order to be an inmate, you're either in the hospital or prison. We can't let you speak for yourself'". Showing true colors allows ppl to see you for who you are. While the National Football League rulebook focuses on items added to uniforms (sponsor logos, personal messages) rather than items removed from them, the rules are in place: for violations of uniform codes found prior to kickoff, "player will be advised to make appropriate correction; if the violation is not corrected, player will not be permitted to enter the game". More than half came from just two teams, the San Francisco 49ers and Seahawks.

Green called McNair's remark "very Donald Sterling-esque", a reference to the former Los Angeles Clippers owner who was banned from the National Basketball Association for life for making racist comments that leaked in 2014. You don't understand the expression. They feel how they feel. You got to continue to feel how you feel.

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