At a recent meeting about NFL player protests during the national anthem, Texans owner Robert McNair warned his fellow owners that they needed to avoid letting “inmates running the prison,” ESPN’s Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. reported.
“We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” McNair reportedly said at a meeting last week, referring to protesters.
While McNair did issue an apology Friday for his choice of words, many Houston Texans players were reportedly upset and considered skipping Friday’s practice. Several NFL players also did not take kindly to McNair’s use of the expression. Here’s a look at some of the players who responded to McNair on Twitter.
Colin Kaepernick started protesting during the anthem last year to raise awareness of police brutality and racial injustice, and several players ultimately joined him. The protests grew this year after President Trump disparaged NFL protesters during a speech in September, calling them “son of a b—-.”