Owen Daniels confirms Duane Brown’s account of Bob McNair’s comments about Barack Obama

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When former Texans tackle Duane Brown said last year that owner Bob McNair expressed dismay and disappointment to the team after the election of Barack Obama in 2008, the Texans and McNair did not dispute the claim. Nearly six months later, McNair has taken issue with Brown’s remarks, essentially claiming that Brown is lying.

“I don’t go into meetings and express views like that,” McNair told the Wall Street Journal. “I never said that. He has no problem saying things that are not true.”

McNair likely would say that former Texans tight end Owen Daniels has no problem saying things that are not true, either. Because Daniels has confirmed Brown’s version of the events.

Appearing recently on ESPN 97.5 in Houston, Daniels said that, indeed, McNair made the comments in question to the team in November 2008.

“We’re in the middle of the season, and this guy gets elected, and it wasn’t the guy that he was supporting,” Daniels said of McNair. “But a lot of the guys on the team were very supportive of Barack.”

Daniels recalls thinking that the comments were “weird” at the time. Daniels said that, after having a chance to look back and reflect on it, “That was weirder than I was actually making it out to be back then.”

Here’s what Brown told PFT last October, after McNair’s “inmates running the prison” remarks came to light: “He came to talk to the team. He was visibly upset about [the election of Barack Obama]. 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.”

McNair now dismisses Brown’s version of the events by claiming that “all Duane was trying to do was be a troublemaker.” Based on some of the comments McNair has made in recent weeks, however, he’s apparently making enough trouble for himself.

UPDATE 12:42 p.m. ET: Daniels appeared on ESPN 97.5 last month, before McNair denied the claim.

65 responses to “Owen Daniels confirms Duane Brown’s account of Bob McNair’s comments about Barack Obama

  1. Well it’s his team and he signs the players paychecks so he can basically say what he wants……well unless it hurts someone’s feelings then the NFL would probably force him to sell the team.

  2. He is what it seems like he is. He is certainly free to have and state his opinion. Likewise, coaches, free agents, etc are free to chose who they work for.

  3. Yeah, because what we need in football is more politics, right??

    donterrelli says:
    Aww, the widdle snowflakes were offended their owner didn’t agree with their choice.

  4. Not defending McNair, but compare what he allegedly said to the vile/vulgar/criminal spew that comes from folks about current POTUS, and it shouldn’t raise an eyebrow.

  5. Wow..where are all the posters that were on here claiming and insinuating that Duane Brown was lying. But I get it. There are certain people who posters will always believe and when their story starts to crumble under scrutiny start making excuses for. Come to think of it that’s the cornerstone strategy of the current administration and its supporters.

  6. The issue here shouldn’t be one individual’s political views as much as this particular NFL owner being caught lying red-handed once again. What is it about rich old dudes thinking they can get away with altering facts?

  7. Wait, so people can disrespect the current president NON-STOP. But McNair can’t say he was disappointed that Obama was elected? Why should there be any outrage over this? Those players are big boys and can take deal with view points that are different from their own.

  8. The current discourse about the POTUS is exactly because he’s a vile, vulgar, corrupt, lying criminal. Not racially motivated.

  9. I mean, you can agree with him or even his right to say it, but to defend a bosses’ decision to take time out of his day to travel down to the locker room, while most or all of the team is celebrating, just so you can throw a pity party for yourself is super weird. Who does he think he is, Michael Scott?

  10. grennandgold4ever says:
    April 6, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    Not defending McNair, but compare what he allegedly said to the vile/vulgar/criminal spew that comes from folks about current POTUS, and it shouldn’t raise an eyebrow.
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    You aren’t going to find many Russian sympathizers on this page.

  11. donterrelli says:
    April 6, 2018 at 12:40 pm
    Aww, the widdle snowflakes were offended their owner didn’t agree with their choice.

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    I think you meant the widdle owner didn’t agree with America’s choice

  12. So Bob McNair said he was disappointed that Obama won the election? Since when is that a problem? A lot of other people felt thew same, just like when Trump won the last election. Absolutely nothing wrong with that.

    Man, do we ever live in a fragile society nowadays. Unbelievable.

  13. Its not about McNair voicing his opinion, thats his right to do. The point too many of you miss is that he’s a liar. He wants a certain standard of behavior from his players but he is a LIAR.

  14. So the snowflakes disapprove if his comments about being disappointed in the with the election of Obama. All he did was voice his opinion and that was the end of it. Maybe to please the flakes he should have done what they did after the election of Trump. Riot, protest, destroy and burn private property. They surely wouldn’t have a problem with that reaction would they.

  15. “He came to talk to the team. He was visibly upset about [the election of Barack Obama]. 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.”

    Seriously????? For God’s sake when Trump won people screamed, cried, rioted, needed counseling, safe spaces and comfort dogs. Get over it people, not everything is black and white.

  16. I guess it’s only okay to bad mouth and not support the current President. Anyone in the sports world who supports Trump some how is looked down upon or they try to force them to defend such a thing.

  17. donterrelli says:
    April 6, 2018 at 12:40 pm
    Aww, the widdle snowflakes were offended their owner didn’t agree with their choice.

    ====================

    I had a commanding officer in the military who had a colorful way of repeating Teddy Roosevelt’s line “speak softly and carry a big stick”.

    When I hear someone make a fool of himself by trying to make fun of other people, it is a sad sign of how weak and insecure the speaker is.

  18. Celebs, media, athletes get praised for bashing the current President…. But during Obamas term, if you were famous and dared to not support Obama, you were ridiculed and bashed. You’re even allowed to wish death upon Trump now with no media coverage. Imagine a celeb doing that during Obamas term and the media outrage that’d follow

  19. My boss does things I don’t like. No one is forcing them to make 7 digit yearly salaries to play football.

  20. Obama was not a disastrous president because Limbaugh and Hannity say so. Political Scientists and Historical scholars have Obama ranked anywhere from 8th to 18th. As for where Trump will end up when this farce is over….

  21. Ok, I’m ammending my previous opinion that there was nothing weong with his “asylum” statement. To say that TO THE TEAM AFTER THE ELECTION ONLY TO DENY IT NOW? This scumbag is hiding something pretty obvious. Had he stood behind his words today, there may have been doubt. But HE is the liar. Guess he’s the warden in his mind. Problem is, there is more class amongst his “inmates”. Just shut it, Bob.

  22. he current discourse about the POTUS is exactly because he’s a vile, vulgar, corrupt, lying criminal. Not racially motivated. Obama was one of the most divisive and inept Presidents. To say otherwise is just fooling yourself. Our economy never had over 3 percent growth. ISIS(the JV) had swaths of land. Race relations were in the toilet. The Iranian nuke deal is a disaster. He was the worst POTUS since Jimmy Carter. And that is saying something!

  23. Why is this newsworthy? Trump gets criticized in the press and social media thousands of times a day and he deserves a lot of it. Yet irrationally, if you don’t like Obama or criticize him in any way, that’s not okay?

  24. Political Scientists and Historical scholars have Obama ranked anywhere from 8th to 18th. As for where Trump will end up when this farce is over….
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    They don’t believe in science. Or reading. Or fact checking. Or other peoples rights. Or other peoples freedoms for that matter.

  25. I’m sure every NFL owner kept their disappointment about Trump’s election to themselves.

  26. “That was very shocking to me.” Do people know what the word “shocking” means anymore? That a grown man was “shocked” because a wealthy team owner expressed his dismay in the election of a politician who cried class warfare at every stop, is just, well, “shocking.”

  27. How do you think McNair got his money? By being honest? What a joke. He was one of the ENRON scam artists. He cashed out before the law caught up with them.

    Anyway, he can say what he wants to say, but then to deny it and accuse the witnesses of lying should not be tolerated by anyone who considers themselves ethical.

  28. I can admit he didn’t need to rain on their parade. But please enough with the faux outrage. It’s not like he threatened to leave the US. He didn’t riot in the streets. He didn’t wish death upon the President as some famous people have done towards Trump and get next to no mainstream media backlash over it. You may not like Republicans, Trump, Bush, etc… But no one can deny with a straight face that they’re always treated far worse, with media acceptance of that behavior, than Democrats are. Even the sports media always dumps on non Democrats constantly.

  29. Not defending McNair, but compare what he allegedly said to the vile/vulgar/criminal spew that comes from folks about current POTUS
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    About the current potus? I thought you were going to say FROM the current potus. He is an atrocious president and human being…no way I’m feeling sorry for that man.

  30. andreboy1 says:
    April 6, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    Wait, so people can disrespect the current president NON-STOP. But McNair can’t say he was disappointed that Obama was elected? Why should there be any outrage over this? Those players are big boys and can take deal with view points that are different from their own.

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    So everyone is OK with him trying to lie about saying it and then calling Duane Brown a liar? Seems to me that since there is nothing wrong with what he said, he should have no problem taking responsibility for it…

  31. People act shocked that an old rich white man was upset BO got elected. That’s too funny. The 1% loves the gop. They keep cutting their taxes. Can’t figure out why any blue collar middle class folks do though. Guess they want their rich to stay rich.

  32. Wait, so people can disrespect the current president NON-STOP. But McNair can’t say he was disappointed that Obama was elected?
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    A. Trump is a buffoon who deserves it.
    B. Bob McNair can say whatever he wants.
    C. Bob can’t lie about what he said then tarnish DB’s character to cover for it.
    D. Both Trump and Bob are idiots.

  33. For the record, by all accounts McNair seems (because I certainly don’t know him) like a total self absorbed douche.

    That said, he is entitled to an opinion whether the main stream media likes what he says or not.

  34. Bob just sign the checks and be quiet. This isn’t a power plant where your employees fear the owner. This is the NFL players don’t fear owners because they know owners have no control. You meant what you said and I’m sure you feel just like a warden who has no control over his inmates.

    Pray for a lockout in 2020 and maybe you will have the feeling of control for a few months.

  35. Im a hard-core right winger (and Mr Trump is nothing of the sort btw), and the term “snowflake” is getting extremely stale.

  36. Every election a lot of people aren’t happy with the outcome but of course in any election involving Obama the dismay can’t just be because somebody didn’t support his politics no no no it has to be a race thing. The very people in this country preaching that we need to get past race are the ones stirring things up between races

  37. Seems to me they are pissed he was not happy with the election as many of them were not happy Trump got elected. He signs the front of the check they sign the back. He is entitled to his view point same as they are. Unhappy where you are playing go somewhere else.

  38. pkrlvr says:
    April 6, 2018 at 2:13 pm
    People act shocked that an old rich white man was upset BO got elected. That’s too funny. The 1% loves the gop. They keep cutting their taxes. Can’t figure out why any blue collar middle class folks do though. Guess they want their rich to stay rich.
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    If you can’t figure it out you should give up, because you never will.

  39. Something tells me that Bob McNair doesn’t have a lot of hip hop records in his music collection.

  40. But wait??? What about all the snowflakes who were complaining about Politics in Sports? According to them McNair should just shut his mouth and write paychecks instead of whining about the election results??? And because it appears he’s lying about it, shouldn’t he lose the privilege of owning an NFL Franchise? I mean, wasn’t this the argument people were making when it came to all these “entitled” players protesting?

  41. I don’t care for McNair. I think he’s rich guy who thinks he’s a football guy (he’s a Jerry Jones wannabe), but he’s not.

    But there is nothing wrong with the remarks. Would Mccain have been better for the country? I have no doubt about it because he would have worked with both parties, and not be purely partisan and lead around by the nose by Nancy P. But that’s the past. There is nothing wrong with politics. People have thin skins.

  42. It seems people are bringing in their own political bias. This is clearly a pattern of a guy saying whatever he wants and then lies about it.

  43. Reminds me of the comments the CEO of GrubHub Matt Maloney made after the last election, except McNair wasn’t telling anyone who didn’t vote for his candidate to quit.

  44. You guys did notice that his meeting with the team was in 2008 and Duane Brown brought it up almost 10 years later, right? It’s very convenient to bring it up when you’re in a contract dispute and did everything you could to get traded to another team. My guess is the team didn’t really put much thought or meaning into the meeting and McNair probably doesn’t even remember the meeting due to it’s little impact.

  45. 6thsense10 says:
    April 6, 2018 at 1:02 pm
    Wow..where are all the posters that were on here claiming and insinuating that Duane Brown was lying. But I get it. There are certain people who posters will always believe and when their story starts to crumble under scrutiny start making excuses for. Come to think of it that’s the cornerstone strategy of the current administration and its supporters.
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    I’ll tell you where all those crazy people are! They’re doing whatever they do every day of their lives, not caring for even a split second about this ridiculous garbage.

  46. mediasloppy says:
    April 6, 2018 at 3:26 pm
    It seems people are bringing in their own political bias. This is clearly a pattern of a guy saying whatever he wants and then lies about it
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    No, it’s a pattern of people not giving a crap. people say things all the time. people don’t care. All the time.

  47. Considering his age, it is likely the owner had not gone through the first election of a democrat. Not unreasonable to assume the upset part was the pigmentation of Barack skin. Owner can say what he wants within reason, but no one wants to hear the owner, boss, or coworkers spout their beliefs at work. Zip it up as no one or at least gives a crap about tax rates, war–I’m not in military, or etc. Give me the rules, I am will beat you out of time.

  48. Why is this even a story? The guy did not like who was elected for goodness sake, and said so! It happens with nearly everybody against the winner of a public election when their guy/gal did not win.
    You know, it is ridiculous posting here. If you talk Black Power for example, it is about Pride and standing together. If someone would say White Power or Pride, it would be Modded out a Racist! I didn’t take it as a racist post at all, but we all know some people just want to be a victim!

  49. That was the outcome I was looking, but I don’t see the issue with McNair preferring the opposite. Maybe he shouldn’t have said that to the team, because that’s irrelevant to their jobs, but at the end of the day it’s his team and we can’t really tell him what he can and cannot do with it. On top of all that, other than the weirdness of making that statement, what was really wrong with it? Duane Brown is still a troublemaker, and McNair is still an old grump, but they’re allowed to have their own opinions without us demonizing them over it.

    Now, Brown holding out because of his ego, that’s another story.

  50. McNair can’t stop putting his foot in his mouth.
    Brown waits 10 years to complain about something that evidently offended him. This of course is during a holdout, where he won’t honor the last two years of his 6 year $53m contract and wants to renegotiate with $14m left on it.

    Be quiet Bob.
    Boo hoo Duane.

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