After outrage and suggestions his remarks were racist, McNair issued an apology through the Texans' public relations dept., while denying he had been referring to the players.
One of those was African-American NFL vice president/football operations Troy Vincent, a former player, who told the owners that during his playing career he had been called many names, including the N-word, but "never felt like an inmate".
Team owner Bob McNair met with Texans players Saturday morning and expressed regret for his "inmates running the prison" comment, according to multiple reports.
"I am truly sorry to the players for how this has impacted them and the perception that it has created of me which could not be further from the truth". He said his piece during a players-owners session during the meeting where both sides had an opportunity to engage about a divisive happening that's occurring during the beginning of games.
Brown said he found McNair's comments "disrespectful" but said, "I can't say I'm surprised, and".
The reigning Defensive Player of the Year also dissected the use of the word "owner" for setting the wrong tone when it comes to a league of working athletes.
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"I'm not sure, man", Brown said.
McNair, 79, has since gone on record to express his "regrets" about using "that expression", insisting it was a "figure of speech that was never meant to be taken literally".
Green took to Instagram, noting right out of the gate that McNair's comments were in line with Sterling's in nature.
"Janice and I have been privileged to support great initiatives in higher education and athletics", McNair said in January.
McNair apologized for his comments, but the damage was already done - and members of the Texans were not happy, with some even desiring a walk out during Friday's practice. We can't let you have your own beliefs.
Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, is expected to attend next week's meeting between players and owners. "We can't let you speak for yourself'".
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