Houston Texans Players Almost Walked Out of Practice Over Owner's 'Inmates' Remark

In a statement, McNair said: "I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players".

"I know they were upset", McNair told the Chronicle. To use an analogy of inmates in a prison; I would say they're disrespectful.

Several Seahawks players, including defensive lineman Michael Bennett, Frank Clark, Cliff Avril, Marcus Smith, Quinton Jefferson, Sheldon Richardson, Jarran Reed and Branden Jackson, as well as linebacker Michael Wilhoite, have sat or took a knee during the national anthem before a game this season.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said he believed McNair said exactly what he meant to say.

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He has since issued a public apology and has met with his team.

"These are the inmates that if you connected the dots of the conversation would be who they were speaking of", said Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee as she held up photos of players such as quarterback Deshaun Watson and tight end Stephen Anderson. "Our focus going forward, personally and as an organization, will be towards making meaningful progress regarding the social issues that mean so much to our players and our community". One player, however, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, left the team facility and did not practice.

McNair's remark about "inmates" offended at least one person in the room - NFL executive Troy Vincent, who is black and a former football player.

The Texans have not yet decided what they will do during the national anthem before Sunday's game in Seattle, but Brown said he "can't stay quiet about it".

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A Texans offensive starter told ESPN that the team will meet Saturday night "to discuss a demonstration".

"I'm sure they will still show up and play as hard as they can because they didn't work hard and do all that sacrificing in the offseason and put their bodies on the line for this owner", he said.

McNair has remained a supporter of SC academics and athletics.

A concern that has had most of us engaged in a fiery debate on what's right and what's wrong, what McNair said sent shock waves across the sports media scene because of the tackiness of their tone.

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But Britt was able to practice Friday for the first time this week on a limited basis, with coach Pete Carroll saying, "He did well today".


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