NFL Owner Sparks Fury With Disgraceful Comment Regarding Anthem Protests

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Last month US President Donald Trump's comments criticising NFL anthem protests lit a fire under the league's executive and owners.

Those comments were published by ESPN on Friday morning, and even though McNair quickly apologized, the message upset many players on the team. And besides, the proposal was ripped by league business executives who just wanted the damn players to stand for the national anthem. Vincent said during his years of playing in the National Football League he had been called every name including the N-word but never felt like an "inmate".

According to the report, McNair later pulled Vincent aside and apologized, saying that he felt "horrible" and that his words weren't meant to be taken literally, which Vincent appreciated.

McNair released a statement on the Texans PR twitter account following ESPN's report.

Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins did not show up to practice in protest, according to ESPN.

The one comment has opened a floodgate of criticism toward McNair.

Several athletes have called out Bob McNair in the wake of his comments, including Warriors forward Draymond Green, who shared a lengthy message on instagram in which he references disgraced former Clippers owner, Donald Sterling. New York Jets linebacker Demario Davis also was at the meeting.

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Jones, who has said he would bench anyone on his team who kneels during the anthem, reportedly seemed to be advocating for a mandate prohibiting demonstrations during the song.

After the owners finished, Troy Vincent stood up.

Jones, McNair, and Snyder held the strongest views about standing during the anthem.

Forty-niners owner Jed York and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie spoke next; York emphasized that each market was different while Lurie supported his players' right to kneel.

Kaepernick was not signed by any team after becoming a free agent following the 2016 season. Colin Kaepernick's former club the San Franciso 49ers staged one of the biggest protest with 7 players taking a knee during the anthem.

Green is referring to former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling who was banned from the National Basketball Association for life in 2014 and fined $2.5 million by the National Basketball Association after private recordings of him making racist comments were made public.

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