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Bob McNair apologizes for "inmates" remark

28 October 2017
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During last week's meeting of NFL owners and executives that focused on player protests, McNair said the league can't have "inmates running the prison", ESPN's Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr.

"He was offended by McNair's characterization of the players as 'inmates.' Vincent said that in all his years of playing in the National Football League - during which, he said, he had been called every name in the book, including the N-word - he never felt like an 'inmate'". There's no way I can prove it unless McNair says it himself but one has to wonder about the situation. Come on man. Inmates?

McNair made his comment after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones argued that owners must find a solution to solve the polarizing anthem issue, which he said is having a negative effect on business, per ESPN.

ESPN noted that McNair made his comments while other owners were discussing the business concerns surrounding the protests at an October 18 meeting, a day after many owners and players met to discuss social reform. McNair donated $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee, according to the FEC.

One of the owners who agreed with Jones was McNair, who made his controversial comment after Jones was done talking.

Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, is expected to attend next week's meeting between players and owners.

It seems the National Basketball Association and NFL are linked now more than ever when it comes to politics, and pro athletes are standing up for one another regardless of what sport they play. I hope the reaction from our players results in positive action for our league, our communities and our country as a whole to make a positive difference in our society.

Green is referring to former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling who was banned from the National Basketball Association for life in 2014 and fined $2.5 million by the National Basketball Association after private recordings of him making racist comments were made public.

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green compared Bob McNair's comments to that of Sterling.

In some cases the protests have evolved in a bid to avoid offending veterans. Goodell, however, has said he believes players "should" stand for the anthem, which is consistent with the league's game gamual. "Dialogue. Opportunity." on the back. Everything from player punishment to an alternative platform for social activism has been muted, but for now the anthem crisis looks set to rumble on.