Houston Texans owner Bob McNair let slip what he really thinks about the mostly African American men who play on his NFL team, referring to them and other players who’ve chosen to take a knee during the singing of the national anthem as “inmates”.
Reportedly, McNair commented that, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison”, regarding the players.
Texans players are said to have wanted to walk out after McNair made the comments but didn’t.
Texans players are reportedly still pissed off over the comment, setting the team up for a serious PR and morale crisis.
Meanwhile, McNair issued a super-fast apology after his comments generated immediate headlines.
“I regret that I used that expression,” McNair said in a statement. “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.”
Million dollar salaries or not, Texans players now have confirmation that their “boss” likely views them as merely incidental laborers on an athletic plantation.
McNair is reportedly a die-hard Republican who donated the most money of all 32 NFL team owners to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign–$4.5 million–in 2016.