During a discussion about how to handle the growing controversy about professional football players taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem before games, Houston Texan’s owner Bob McNair commented that “we can’t have the inmates running the prison,” fanning the already high flames still further. © AP Photo / Matt YorkIf You Can’t Beat ‘em, Ignore ‘em: Fox to Show Ads During NFL Anthem Protests McNair’s comment was not well received. Another NFL executive and former player, Troy Vincent, fired back against McNair and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Vincent said that in all his years of playing in the NFL, although he had been called every name in the book — including racial slurs — he never felt like an “inmate,” according to an ESPN The Magazine article about the meeting. McNair, who was a multimillion-dollar supporter of Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign according to The Daily Beast, unsurprisingly sided with the US president, joining a growing chorus of hardline NFL leaders who see the protest movement, and the attention it has drawn to the league, as a problem to be overcome with vinegar instead of honey. Despite his strong opposition, McNair extended the olive branch at least to Vincent, saying that he felt horrible and that his words weren’t meant to be taken literally, which Vincent appreciated, according to ESPN. Friday morning, the Texans… Read full this story
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