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Houston Texans Players Almost Walked Out of Practice Over Owner's 'Inmates' Remark

30 October 2017

Some reportedly wanted to walk out of practice and only a hastily arranged meeting by coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith prevented everyone but DeAndre Hopkins and D'Onta Freeman from leaving. Most of the players later returned to practice, while coaching staff talked remaining players out of protesting.

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair took center stage after his comments apparently ignited a firestorm during the NFL's ownership meetings.

The controversial comment was made public Friday when ESPN published an account of the NFL meeting, during which Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, tried to persuade other league owners about the need for a mandate to stand during the anthem.

Hopkins is the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver and the team's best offensive weapon.

A day after issuing a public apology, Houston Texans owner and University of SC alum Bob McNair met with his players. "If something changes, I'm sure we'll let you know".

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. McNair later apologized to Vincent, ESPN said.

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That word was also in the statement the owner issued Friday morning that said, "I regret that I used that expression".

"I think it was ignorant", Brown added. I used a figure of speech that was never meant to be taken literally.

"As I said yesterday, I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meetings last week".

He then apologized to National Football League players saying: "I am truly sorry to the players for how this has impacted them and the perception that it has created of me which could not be further from the truth. We put our bodies and minds on the line every time we step on that field, and to use an analogy of inmates in prison, that's disrespectful".

"As far as the protests are concerned, I think, people are going to feel how they feel about it", Brown said. He said there will also be a pregame demonstration by the team before Sunday's game.

Houston Texans Players Almost Walked Out of Practice Over Owner's 'Inmates' Remark