Duane Brown recalls other quotes from Bob McNair that caused concern

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Texans tackle Duane Brown was upset when he saw owner Bob McNair’s remark that “[w]e can’t have the inmates running the prison.” But Brown wasn’t surprised, because it wasn’t the first time Brown believed he had witnessed McNair making curious word choices on matters of significant sensitivity and potential controversy.

During a Saturday morning phone interview with PFT (which preceded the meeting between McNair and the team), Brown recalled an occasion during his rookie year of 2008, when Barack Obama was elected the nation’s first African-American president.

“He came to talk to the team,” Brown said regarding the owner. “He was visibly upset about it. He said, ‘I know a lot of y’all are happy right now, but it’s not the outcome that some of us were looking for.’ That was very shocking to me.”

Brown added that McNair also addressed the team after the scandal that forced Donald Sterling to sell the L.A. Clippers, when racist remarks Sterling made in private became very public.

“The message was more to be careful who you have private conversations with, because things that you think are confidential can spread like wildfire,” Brown said. “In my mind, it would probably have been better if he said ‘don’t be a racist’ instead of ‘be a racist in private and make sure it doesn’t get out.'”

Brown’s reference to Sterling comes at a time when some league insiders are wondering whether McNair ultimately may have to sell the Texans. I asked Brown if he thinks it would ever come to that.

“I’m not sure, man,” Brown said. “In the climate we’re in right now, I’m not sure what could happen.”

It’s unclear where Brown’s relationship with the Texans and McNair will go from here. Previously, however, the Brown-McNair relationship wasn’t great, apart from the player’s holdout.

“I protested [during the national anthem] last year, and there was no backing of my character as a man as a leader or a player,” Brown said. “There was nothing said by [McNair] or the organization to back me at all. They just kind of sent me to the wolves.”

Brown said that, after the protest, McNair “didn’t have anything to say to me.”

The Texans had no comment on the quotes attributed by Brown to McNair.

Although Brown can (and will) be accused of having an axe to grind because of a lengthy holdout that resulted not in a new contract but in Brown showing up this week under the terms of his prior deal, he publicly said nothing about his situation while he was away from the team, and he did nothing to agitate for a trade or a release. There were no shirtless driveway situps, no “next question” press conferences, no inflammatory comments about the quarterback situation or anything else relating to the team.

While Brown suddenly has become very vocal with his criticism of McNair, it happened in direct response to the publication of McNair’s words, which upset plenty of other players. Indeed, as Brown stayed on Friday, two of his teammates (DeAndre Hopkins and D'Onta Foreman) left.

55 responses to “Duane Brown recalls other quotes from Bob McNair that caused concern

  1. There is plenty of motive for Brown to want to throw McNair under the bus, so I’d take whatever he says with a grain of salt. To me, it sounds like he’s trying to force the trade he was denied of during his holdout and I think his comments speak more to his lack of character than it does McNairs. Does Brown think teams will be lining up to make a trade for him after this?

  2. This is getting ridiculous. Most who voted for McCain were unhappy when he lost, not because we’re racist, but because It was a liberal that won. Stop pushing this us against them agenda.

  3. The “keep your private conversations private” stretches beyond if someone is racist. It’s a blanket statement for anything iffy or worse that might come out of someone’s mouth. It’s simpleminded of Brown to think that McNair’s “advice” was only about racism just because it was a product of the Sterling situation.

  4. Downward Spiral, when did he request the trade you’re referring? He brought up examples of other instances and spoke candidly on his feelings given the situation. To state that you think he is only saying this because he he didn’t get a trade (which was never reported on) and his lack of character tells me exactly how you feel about the current state of America.

  5. Once political correctness slips in there is no stopping the asinine claims that come with it just to suit some other agenda.

    Goodell and the media keep fanning the flames, and with the ratings down and Goodell”s extension on hold they are both paying the price.

  6. Duane Brown is a locker room cancer that should have been traded for cut a while ago. Owner is an idiot but for them to get so hung up over a frequently used saying is sad. Baseball has become a more manly sport than the NFL. Who would have thought.

  7. What McNair said was in bad judgement, not racist. Comparing him to Donald Sterling is ridiculous. Duane Brown isnt doing his team any favors by adding fuel to this fire.

  8. NFL Owners and players need to know that the fans deserve better than this. Fans work everyday and worry about their families and other things. I want to watch football and not to think anything about politics..etc. I get enough watching the news. Maybe NFL needs to go away and let these players work regular jobs and earn paid check lie everyday people.

  9. Poor choice of words, all things considered. Not sure I get how it’s racist, though? It’s a commonly used phrase, I’m 30 and have heard it all the time, since I was a child. I’ve never heard it attributed to racism, though?

  10. I find it interesting in several ways that since this all broke every single owner and league official seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth.

  11. It’s always us vs them. No consideration for an opinion other than your own. Yeah he didn’t support your Anthem protest…Neither did most of America. How you choose to express your opinion is just as foolish now as last year.

  12. Fine already, then quit the NFL.

    All you players that are so offended, so much more enlightened than us, are so concerned about social justice, just quit the league to prove how right you are.
    Like any of you would actually give up that paycheck.

  13. As much as I like football, part of me can’t wait until the league implodes. That saying, which I’ve always heard in some form of “The inmates are running the asylum” has been around for ages. Now, an ambulance chaser says it’s a smoking gun. I have quit purchasing any NFL related merchandise, and this is my last year for Sunday Ticket…I just can’t stomach it anymore.

  14. Can we just play football and STOP being so up tight about what ever comes out of any persons mouth, whether they are black, white, green, blue,

  15. Just wondering, while this player skipped work half the year did he do anything to help the thousands whose lives were destroyed by the Hurricane or was he cuddled up in his mansion being angry at the world?

  16. For the first time the players have the hammer and they need to continue to use it. Duane Brown could have been traded but the owner wanted to show who was boss so they refused to trade him. Now Mcnair has stuck his foot in his mouth so Brown will destroy this team from the inside if they don’t trade him. Take advantage while you can Brown.

  17. I have no doubt he expressed his displeasure with the Obama election. I am surprised he even was able to maintain that level of cool about it. Now 8 years later we are witnessing the pure backlash of those 8 years. Now comes the jester and the 3 rings and the minstrel show. I just can’t wait to see how far the defense of this will go….how far will working people continue to make excuses for this charade.

  18. Some people look at everything in life threw a racial lens and in doing so they see racism where none exist. I don’t know Bob McNair at all and he could be a huge racist for all I know, but these examples Brown gave of McNair’s supposed racism are laughable and insults our intelligence. First Brown is mad because he didn’t get his new shiny contract so we have to take that into account. Let’s look at Browns examples. First McNair used a commonly used phrase that I have used and has nothing to do with racism in its intent or use. It was used in reference to all players black and white. Next we have a known lifelong republican who is Upset a Democrat won. If you think he is racist because he voted how he has for 60yrs then you are an idiot and don’t deserve an opinion. Next we have An Owner Using a situation to remind players to be careful of what they say even if it’s in the privacy of their own homes. He didn’t say be racist quietly morons he gave a lesson on how you can get in trouble for things you thought were private. And lastly he didn’t stand up for Brown when he kneeled for the Anthem. Maybe it’s because like Me Mr. MC Nair is disgusted when people disrespect our flag and country. So in closing the only evidence of racism is from Brown who can’t seem to see the forest threw the trees because everything he hears in his racially Warped mind turns to racism. SAD

  19. Hahahaha the more I see fans defending Billionaires the more I know this isn’t going to end with any of you fans being happy. Duane Brown has done nothing wrong and has said nothing wrong. You don’t want guys bringing politics to football by kneeling right?!?! Looks like McNair brought politics to his team back in 2008. Don’t bring politics to work yet none of you were upset when Brady had a maga hat in his locker. I truly hope the kneeling continues and I hope that in the process alot of you stop showing up on this site and to football games. Freedom is free…have a blessed day.

  20. Ohhhh,I see. you’ll take the mans money, you just don’t like who you think he is. If you REALLY are ready to stand up for what you believe, don’t take any money from the Texans. Men stand up for what they believe. I guess we’ll see real soon.

  21. It’s my understanding that the reporters at ESPN were at the owners meeting when they heard this. You can’t tell me that they didn’t get the uproar they wanted by “revealing” this statement.
    Second point. Don’t tell me McNsir it wasn’t about the players that’s slmost as dumb as your comment.
    Third it’s not racist unless there are no white players in the NFL. The comment was pretty incompassing.
    Fourth. Duane Brown does not need to be heard from sense he chose to leave his team mates without a left tackle for almost half the season.

  22. Wait a minute – he was offended that McNair was unhappy with the fact that Obama won the election more than EIGHT YEARS AGO?????? If he was so offended, why didn’t he go public with this info then, instead of waiting to use it against him nearly a decade later (after not gettingthe new contract he wanted)? Never mind the fact that he signed a 56 mil contract with the Texans several years after he was so deeply offended. This guy’s motives could not possibly be more transparent.

  23. It’s odd how many people who resent football players and have such a low opinion of football and claim to want to see it fail find time in their busy weekend to read articles and post on football articles . It’s like the guy who is over his ex but can’t stop talking about her.

  24. Owners should shut down meeting with the players if private conversations are going to be leaked to the media. The players’ violated the owners trust.

  25. yg20910 says:
    October 28, 2017 at 7:01 pm
    It’s odd how many people who resent football players and have such a low opinion of football and claim to want to see it fail…
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    No, many people, like myself, are still engaged because they can put money on the games..be it in sportsbooks or DK/FD…so when they eventually stop daily fantasy sports (most likely through excessive taxation) many more people will tune out. Further, a lot of people aren’t spending money on merchandise, tickets, or Sunday Ticket…all of that contributes to the NFL’s demise.

  26. “It’s odd how many people who resent football players and have such a low opinion of football and claim to want to see it fail find time in their busy weekend to read articles and post on football articles . It’s like the guy who is over his ex but can’t stop talking about her.”

    Because trainwrecks are fun to watch

  27. Sounds like at least something of an overreaction, if this is the only problem.
    OTOH, McNair has been getting progressively more egotistical.
    He’s got an 8″ tall bronze statue of himself he wants to donate to the county and have it installed at NRG stadium. The stadium being owned by the county, they have final say on this.
    Ain’t nobody comin out of this smellin good.

  28. If Duane is so offended why is he playing tomorrow. He shouldn’t.. Stand by your position. Don’t play for him… That’s not what will happen though. He will be at work collecting his check.

  29. stexan says:
    October 28, 2017 at 7:47 pm
    Sounds like at least something of an overreaction, if this is the only problem.
    OTOH, McNair has been getting progressively more egotistical.
    He’s got an 8″ tall bronze statue of himself he wants to donate to the county and have it installed at NRG stadium. The stadium being owned by the county, they have final say on this.
    Ain’t nobody comin out of this smellin good.

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    8″ tall huh? Well at least it isn’t an 18″ tall replica of Stonehenge.

  30. Michael E says:
    October 28, 2017 at 8:18 pm
    I’m still visibly upset that Hussein Obama was elected.

    Right, cuz Tramp’s a better President…& ur not a racist. Got it. 😉

  31. Knee, your post proves why I believe only good will come out of the protest. I don’t think that Brown said any wrong. He believes McNair was upset because a black President was elected. I believe he was upset because a Democrat was elected. When I was the military, it was known that you get a bigger raise with a Republican in office than a Democrat. Big Business and Republicans go together, Democrats not so much. As for his other comment, I believe McNair was giving good advice, Brown took it to be racial.

  32. michaelnewsomejr says:
    October 28, 2017 at 3:38 pm
    Poor choice of words, all things considered. Not sure I get how it’s racist, though? It’s a commonly used phrase, I’m 30 and have heard it all the time, since I was a child. I’ve never heard it attributed to racism, though?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    It isn’t remotely close to racist. It seems to me that because an old white man said something that somehow offended a few black players he must then be a racist to anybody looking to grind that particular axe. This whole thing is absurd. It looks more like a power play by some players. Thinking about not playing Sunday and a couple players leaving practice because they were upset just shows how weak and soft some of these guys are. People need to realize every time they cry racism on stuff like this that is obviously not in any way racist it just lessens the impact of any real racist things they cry about. It happens so often that few bother listening anymore. BTW, the man said inmates running the prison. If people equate that with black people then it just shows the the people upset are either the racists they abhor or hopelessly victimized by their own stupidity.

  33. “Brown said that, after the protest, McNair “didn’t have anything to say to me.””
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    Was he expecting a cookie and a pat on the head for doing something with a potential negative impact to McNair’s bottom line? It’s interesting to note the author goes out of his way to point out Brown’s comments are timed around McNair’s but neglects to mention they also coincide with his return just before the trading deadline.

  34. McNair arranged a meeting with the Houston mayor regarding relations with police at the urging of Brown last year after his protest. Brown is even quoted as thanking McNair for arranging the meeting! Don’t see this as saying or doing nothing. Come on Duane…

  35. My goodness. Bob McNair has done nothing to make himself unfit to own the Texans. I can think of one owner who is unfit to own an NFL team. His chain of truck stops cheated lots of customers out of rebate money, and he had to pay a huge fine in order to avoid prosecution. I’m sure you all know who I’m talking about. Why is no one demanding that he sell the Cleveland Browns?

  36. The guy holds out for more than the “mere” millions he’s already getting paid and the moment he decides to show up at work, he starts running his mouth.

    #loser

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