On the heels of Bob McNair's controversial "inmates running the prison" comment, a coalition of National Football League players has extended an invitation to the Houston Texans owner, commissioner Roger Goodell and unsigned quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a Monday meeting in Philadelphia at which they hope to address players' "immediate concerns before additional progress can be made".
Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was not at practice because of what head coach Bill O'Brien said was a personal day. It' obvious that he was talking about the players having too much control with their ability to protest.
"When it happened, there's a thousand emotions going through your mind", left tackle Duane Brown said. The situation's not over. "It's something that we'll reconvene and talk about again, but we had practice today".
President Trump began attacking the NFL players last month, calling Colin Kaepernick a "son of a bitch", and moved his focus to the NFL owners and the NFL itself after players not only continued their protests, but ramped them up as more players and even owners joined in. And on Friday, hours after the story was published, McNair issued an apology through the Texans. "I regret that I used that expression", he said in a statement.
He says he wasn't referring to the players in what he calls a "very regretful comment". I used a figure of speech that was never meant to be taken literally. "I would never characterise our players or our league that way and I apologise to anyone who was offended by it". "This is the view of [the] player/owner relationship".
"I think the comments were disrespectful and ignorant", Brown said. The new issue of ESPN magazine out November 13, takes readers inside the NFL's recent meetings in NY following the firestorm of controversy that erupted after President Donald Trump's scathing comments about the protest against racial injustice and police brutality spearheaded by Colin Kaepernick. "Well, I'm not in a hospital and I'm for damn sure not in a prison". "If you're bothered by the use of the word inmates, sorry, that's a you problem". You're an inmate. We can't let you guys out of line.
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