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The Houston Texans owner said in private owners meeting, “We can not allow the inmates to run the prison.”

In case you had any doubt of the slave mentality the NFL may have, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair just showed the league and fans alike that it reigns true.

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“We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” McNair, who’s donated millions to the Trump campaign, said of the anthem protests in an ESPN article published Friday.

Many in the sports community unleashed hell for McNair to compare his own football players to criminals. The firestorm forced the owner to make a vague apology saying he was only using the word inmate as a “figure of speech.”

“I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players,” the statement reads. “I could never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.” 

His team didn’t accept his apology and made a united front as much of the Texans bench and staff took a knee during the national anthem.

“This is how you view us?” All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown said of McNair while speaking to reporters in the locker room after Friday’s practice. “You’re an inmate. We can’t let you get out of line. We can’t let you speak for yourself. We can’t let you have your own beliefs. That’s what it feels like, it’s a bad situation.” 

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Source: Huffington Post