Texans owner McNair meets with players amid 'inmates' remark fallout
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair met with the team's roster on Saturday, the latest development sparked by his recent controversial remark comparing NFL players to prisoners.
McNair issued a public apology on Friday for his remark, which he made at the NFL owners meeting last week.
In a discussion on national anthem protests in the NFL, McNair said: "We can't have the inmates running the prison."
The Houston Chronicle reported the unscheduled meeting with Texans players, stating that McNair once again apologised.
"I know they were upset. I wanted to answer their questions," McNair told the Chronicle. "I told them if I had it to do over again I wouldn't use that expression."
Statement from Texans Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert C. McNair: pic.twitter.com/YqkfnbjeSp— Texans PR (@TexansPR) October 28, 2017
Despite McNair's words leading to outrage among many Texans players, the entire team was reportedly present for the flight to Seattle for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
The Texans allegedly wanted to walk out of practice on Friday because of McNair's remark and had to be persuaded to stay.
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back D'Onta Foreman left the Texans practice facility but were said to be present for the meeting with McNair.