Texans owner, USC alum 'sorry' for calling National Football League players inmates

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One day earlier, Texans players considered a walkout from the team facility, and two players - star wideout DeAndre Hopkins and backup running back D'Onta Foreman - were listed as Did Not Practice-Not Injury Related on the injury report, absences that sources said were directly related to what McNair said. Most of the players later returned to practice, while coaching staff talked remaining players out of protesting.

17 meeting, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair remarked: "We can't have the inmates running the prison" in reference to the players.

Hopkins is the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver and the team's best offensive weapon. Furthermore, the players are keeping receipts on the actions of the owners. "So thank God we don't have to worry about our owner being involved in some of that".

According to ESPN, those comments offended at least one person in the room - National Football League executive Troy Vincent.

Fellow team executive and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has also been an outspoken critic of recent anthem protests, threatening to bench players who dared to take a knee.

The ESPN story said McNair later apologized to Vincent, stressing that he didn't mean what he said "literally". "I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players".

"I personally wouldn't want to play for someone who viewed me as an inmate because I haven't done anything in my life to make me an inmate" Green said Friday morning.

Whatever happens, players on teams in the rest of the league also took notice of McNair's remarks, with some calling him akin to Donald Sterling, the former Los Angeles Clippers owner who was suspended and forced to sell his team by the National Basketball Association after racially charged remarks that were recorded came to light. "I think it was embarrassing". But do I think there are some conservative owners who have Confederate flags at their homes and things like that? "When you come up to speed on the expression, I'll fill you in on the business acumen that you don't have". "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".