Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is under fire for comments he made at the NFL owners meeting regarding recent player protests in the league.
While the league and its owners were trying to best approach social justice reform in the NFL, McNair said during the session: “We can’t have inmates running the prison.”
Texans players wanted to walkout today in response to owner Bob McNair’s comments, per @sarahbarshop. Had to be persuaded to stay.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 27, 2017
One particular player, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins couldn’t be persuaded to stay and left the facility.
Other players around the NFL have spoken out against McNair’s choice of words and Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green did, too.
Taking to Instagram to address McNair’s comments, Green said: “It sure does sound very Donald Sterling-esque,” referring to the former Clippers owner whose repeated use of racial slurs prompted the Association to force him to sell the team and had him a lifetime banishment from the NBA.
Wow! This sure does sound very Donald Sterling-esque. But I'm sure the fans pay to see him play and he's putting himself at risk of CTE by going out there every Sunday and giving 110%! Inmates? For starters, let's stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman. To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset. Webster states that an inmate is a person confined to an institution such as a prison or hospital. Not sure these tax paying men should be referred to as inmates- but what do I know?
Green was asked about his post at the Warriors’ shootaround Friday, prior to their meeting against the Wizards.
The reigning Defensive Player of the Year reiterated that McNair’s comments were “unacceptable:”
Draymond Green Part 1: Responding to Texans owner Bob McNair saying players protesting during anthem are “inmates running the prison.” pic.twitter.com/YdbKNxxTdu
— John Dickinson (@JDJohnDickinson) October 27, 2017
Hours later, Green felt something else was unacceptable: the way Washington guard Bradley Beal smacked him in the face late in the first half of the matchup.