Texans owner Bob McNair is facing some serious backlash over some comments he .
During a conversation about whether or not the NFL should institute a policy calling for all players to stand for the national anthem, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones "was trying to build momentum for an anthem mandate resolution," according to a detailed story from ESPN.com.
One of the owners who agreed with Jones was McNair, who made his controversial comment after Jones was done talking.
"We can't have the inmates running the prison," McNair said.
The one comment has opened a floodgate of criticism toward McNair. For one, his own team is thinking about openly rebelling against him. Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is reportedly because he's upset with McNair. It wasn't just Hopkins either, the entire team thought about skipping practice before coach Bill O'Brien was able to convince them to attend.
McNair offered an apology Friday morning.
"I regret that I used that expression," McNair said. "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."
I can appreciate ppl being candid. Don’t apologize! You meant what you said. Showing true colors allows ppl to see you for who you are.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) October 27, 2017
I wish more ppl would do that. So the world could ostracize those who don’t want to see EQUALITY. Otherwise they will continue to hide— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) October 27, 2017
McNair's Texans will actually be in Seattle on Sunday for a game against the Seahawks.
Sherman's teammate in Seattle, Bobby Wagner, echoed the sentiment given by the Seahawks' corner.
People sayin’ how they really feel— Bobby Wagner (@Bwagz54) October 27, 2017
Bob McNair said he wasn’t talking about the players, 😂😂😂😂😂😂— Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) October 27, 2017
Texans safety Treston Decoud was one of the few Texans players who tweeted something about the situation involving their owner.
I don’t believe he is the only owner that feel that way... smh— Treston Decoud (@_TD31) October 27, 2017
Nahhh Bob McNair didn’t say that...nah y’all tripping. He couldn’t have. Nope he didn’t. Did that wake some of y’all up now?— Damon Harrison (@BigDame900) October 27, 2017
Although McNair can't be forced out, Reggie Bush still thinks the NFL should get rid of him.
Happy Friday, y’all. Be kind.— Marshall Newhouse (@MNewhouse74) October 27, 2017
Inmates???? Wow!!!— Jody Breeze (@Blafell1) October 27, 2017
Matthews' teammate in Tennessee, Brian Orakpo, referred to McNair's comments as "infuriating."
What are the repercussions for the owner of the Texans referring to nfl players as inmates— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) October 27, 2017
Although there's no precedent for something like this, Colts owner Jim Irsay did get suspended six games and fined $500,000 in 2014 forfollowing an arrest in March 2016. If the NFL feels that McNair has violated that policy in any way, the league could have grounds to hand out a punishment.
As the policy clearly notes, "All persons associated with the NFL are required to avoid 'conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League." The ambiguous policy gives a lot of leeway to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to hand out a potential punishment.