Texans: Clowney wasn’t taking shot at McNair by dressing as a prison inmate

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Texans players held a Halloween party on Monday night in Houston and linebacker Jadeveon Clowney seemed to be making a timely statement with his choice of costume.

In a video posted by TMZ, Clowney can be seen wearing the orange jumpsuit often worn by those spending time in prison. There aren’t too many people who would see that and not think of Texans owner Bob McNair’s recent comments about “inmates running the prison.” Many of those same people would probably tie Clowney’s choice to the negative reaction of Texans players to those comments.

There were enough of them that the Texans and Clowney offered a response. They told the Houston Chronicle that there “was no hidden meaning behind his Halloween costume. He was not taking a ‘shot’ at anyone. It was just that — a costume at a Halloween party.”

In a statement apologizing to the team’s players “for how this has impacted them,” McNair said that the comment was directed at league employees and not players. As of now, there haven’t been any reports of prison-related costumes worn by NFL employees at Halloween parties this year.

28 responses to “Texans: Clowney wasn’t taking shot at McNair by dressing as a prison inmate

  1. Doesn’t matter if it’s intended or not, just like it doesn’t matter if McNair’s use of a well known saying was intended or not (regardless of him biffing it by using prison instead of asylum). That’s the world we live in. Perception is reality, especially if someone’s offended by something you do.

  2. Great, now McNair will get offended and take a knee during the anthem as well. Thanks, Clowney!

  3. I can’t say as I’ve ever seen so little loyalty from the players to their team owner. What he said (while probably not the best choice of analogy) certainly didn’t deserve this degree of backlash. There must be something else going on there. It’s like they already couldn’t stand him (for whatever reasons) and they were looking for an excuse to humiliate him.

  4. I mean it’s incredibly dumb to be offended by someone using a figure of speech about inmates, and then dress as an inmate for Halloween. It makes no sense at all (unless you’re taking a shot at McNair).

  5. rootgamble says:
    October 31, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Doesn’t matter if it’s intended or not, just like it doesn’t matter if McNair’s use of a well known saying was intended or not (regardless of him biffing it by using prison instead of asylum). That’s the world we live in. Perception is reality, especially if someone’s offended by something you do.

    ———

    Yes and No.

    No, we don’t have to live in that fake sort of reality.

    Yes, we live in a country that is going insane and falls for such ridiculousness.

    Perception = reality to morons. (and yes we have a lot of them)

  6. You can tell that these guys are individual performers. We often used the phrase about “inmates running the asylum” when a manager couldn’t justify a decision (or change to a decision) except that his people objected.

  7. Even if it was, it would be a start in America where everything is over sensationalized. Nice costume dude who ran over my 5’5″ 165 lb. 3rd string running back where they both ran directly at each other in the same lane. Nice play!!

  8. I love it! If McNair is going to claim that he wasn’t referring to the NFL players as “prisoners” (even though its obvious he was), then Clowney can play that same game! good on you Clowney!

  9. I’m waiting on the headline that reads “Real Inmates Take Offense to Multi-Millionaire Poking Fun at them”.

    Everyone is upset by everyone these days anyways, and it get reported…

  10. ajsjr40 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    Does somebody really think the public believes that Clowney wasn’t making a statement. Try saying nothing for a change.
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    Wait! I thought the main reason some people are against the NFL players protesting is because kneeling during the anthem is “disrespectful”.

    This was during a PARTY, not “disrespecting the flag”, not on “company time”. It was AT A PARTY. But people still have a problem with players protesting. LOLOL

  11. All these crybaby athletes need to concentrate on preparing for the game instead of protesting because their butthurt and their feelings are hurt. Taking a knee to the anthem every time your feelings get hurt is childish, immature and cowardly. Grow up, grow some thick skin. Stop acting like a whiny child and man up. Kneeling is a coward move. That’s not how you solve your issues. I’d rather die like a man standing than to live like a coward on my knees.

  12. I think it’s pretty funny if he wore the costume as a dig at Bob McNair, but to suggest with a straight face that it was unintentional is insulting and stupid. Just own it. Yeesh.

  13. With the track record of NFL players during and after their career, maybe he was just trying it on for size?

  14. Of course he was taking a shot at McNair. Just like how McNair’s original comments were about the players. Now that both sides tried to put a spin on it, can we call it even?

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