Houston Texans owner Bob McNair was forced to apologize after it was revealed that during a meeting earlier this month to discuss protesting players, he told other owners: “We can’t have inmates running the prison.”
McNair, who opposed the widespread protests against racial inequality and police brutality, issued a public apology Friday after making the remark at last week’s meeting of NFL owner’s.
Troy Vincent, a former NFL player, said McNair’s comment was offensive and that he did not feel like an “inmate” during his NFL career.
“I regret that I used that expression,” McNair said in a statement released Friday. “I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”
After the meeting, the NFL announced that they would not create a regulation requiring players to stand, despite President Trump’s repeated calls for such a rule and threats of NFL boycotts.
McNair donated millions of dollars to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
According to ESPN, McNair also pulled Vincent aside and apologized for the statements.