McNair: “Inmate” comment was in reference to league office, not players

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It’s Day Two of the latest anthem-related controversy, and Texans owner Bob McNair has issued his second statement in two days about his remark from the recent league meetings that “[w]e can’t have the inmates running the prison.”

“As I said yesterday, I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meetings last week,” McNair said. “I was referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners and how they have been making significant strategic decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership over the past few years.

“I am truly sorry to the players for how this has impacted them and the perception that it has created of me which could not be further from the truth.  Our focus going forward, personally and as an organization, will be towards making meaningful progress regarding the social issues that mean so much to our players and our community.”

McNair’s Friday statement included an assertion that “I was not referring to our players,” but it omitted who he was referring to. Saturday’s statement, while it may take some of the sting out of the impact of the remark on the relationship between players and owners, constitutes a rare airing of dirty laundry regarding the relationship between the league office and owners.

The added remark that the league office has been “making significant strategic decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership over the past few years” invites curiosity as to what he’s specifically referring to — and as to why, if these issues exist, the man in charge of the league office is on the brink of a five-year contract extension.

51 responses to “McNair: “Inmate” comment was in reference to league office, not players

  1. Spygate, Bountygate, Deflategate, Bullygate along with other player issues come to mind. In other words, Bob Kraft and Jerry Jones are mad and the other owners want to put them back in their place.

  2. This will all blow over before you know it. Last year everyone was talking about the Redskins name. The world was going to come to an end unless the Redskins changed their name. It’s funny when you look at history, and how these issues cycle through.

  3. Even if he was talking about the players, he has every right…. and he is very right. The reason viewership in the NFL is on the down slide, is because of what the players are doing. If that isn’t a perfect example of the inmates running, or ruining things, I don’t know what is. If these player “protests” continue, they may find themselves out of work.

  4. Things were humming along for Houston prior to this. If he hasn’t already McNair should be meeting with his players to clarify what went down to keep the wheels from coming off the wagon there..

    That’s another example of the “Inmates running the Asylum” . McNair nows needs to bow down to the people he pays?…If the players can’t perform on the field acting like victims then it will be remembered at contract time. Why should the NFL keep catering to mob rule and feelings to guide their decisions? Yet they do…

  5. Who’s advising this guy? They should be telling him to zip it because the more he opens his pie hole, the deeper he sinks into his doo doo.

  6. Can’t believe what a big deal they’re making of this situation. There must be some built-up animosity toward McNair. If Charles Barkley said it, everyone would chuckle.

  7. The NFL had gone completely soft and political. They don’t realize their ruining themselves and costing the future of their sport lots of money with their childishness.

  8. Inmates running the asylum is a frequently used term. Problem is these players today make way too much money and are overly sensitive. Duane Brown coming back to this team is only going to be a headache for them in the short term. The owner shouldn’t have to apologize, these players need to man up and just play. None of these guys care about all the murders that happen every day in Chicago. They’re about getting more followers on social media and enhancing their own profiles. Every player wants to think they’re Mohammed Ali, but they’re not. Often imitated never duplicated.

  9. I didn’t think what he said was a big deal but his explanation is laughable and unbelievable. If he really meant that it doesn’t even make sense.

  10. JJ Watt would not have destroyed the phone, huh? would he have original statement to placate the snowflake, crybaby players? Just another Deflategate Curse coming home to roost…

  11. Right about now the BB’s entire persona vis a vis live interviews should start to make sense. Every single person at this point is a member of the “media” so they should be treated as mushrooms. Keep them in the dark and feed them fertilizer. The pitchforks come out wat too quick these days.

  12. moosejawman says:
    October 28, 2017 at 3:05 pm
    Things were humming along for Houston prior to this. If he hasn’t already McNair should be meeting with his players to clarify what went down to keep the wheels from coming off the wagon there..

    That’s another example of the “Inmates running the Asylum” . McNair nows needs to bow down to the people he pays?…If the players can’t perform on the field acting like victims then it will be remembered at contract time. Why should the NFL keep catering to mob rule and feelings to guide their decisions? Yet they do…
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    You do me a diservice. It has nothing to do with ‘bowing down’ but rather it’s a reflection of something nearer and dearer to an owner’s heart, cold hard and fast business reality. There are only 16 games in a season, anything that can disrupt the team for even one or two may have a profoundly negative impact on the end result. Home playoff games make money, business is business

  13. So if he said it on reference to his players you call him a racist. But if he was referring to his other (indirect) employees then maybe he has a point? I think I see who is being a racist here and it isn’t McNair.

  14. He may have been referring specifically to Troy Vincent, given Jerry Jones comment: “It was starting to get nasty. Vincent and Jones had a sharp but quick back-and-forth, with Jones finally reminding the room that rather than league office vice presidents, it was he and fellow owners who had helped build the NFL’s $15 billion-a-year business, and they would ultimately decide what to do.”

  15. wow. before i was completely on mr. mcnairs side but this is completely unexceptable. the national league office is one of our natoins sacred instituions to compare the mto prisoners is a unforigable act for someone whose duty it is to protect the shield. he owes more and mrs goodell a imediate apology.

  16. He was obviously talking about the players. And he was right the first time. There was no need to backpedal. As an employer, you cannot allow your employees to dictate how a business is run. That is up to the employer.

  17. who cares the point is the players are running the league now. Next they will be so insensitive to anything they decide is racial, they will not play games and then the whole house collapses.

  18. Who’s advising this guy? They should be telling him to zip it because the more he opens his pie hole, the deeper he sinks into his doo doo.

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    Sounds like the same guys who advise our president.

  19. The comment in and of itself wasn’t racist at all – it’s been a saying for DECADES. Perhaps if the black community wasn’t so disproportionately represented in the penal system, then the players wouldn’t be so “offended.”

    Check yourselves first, players. Fans are tired of your shtick.

  20. While I def agree that the comment is way overblown, Bob McNair is showing a “pattern of behavior.” The league’s punishment for this verbal wardrobe malfunction will be fining the Patriots one million dollars and docking them 2 first round draft picks.

  21. The stupidest part about all of this is that the comment wasn’t racist to begin with. You literally can’t say anything in America without upsetting someone and I am so beyond sick of it. Then McNair gets in trouble for telling his players that he wasn’t happy Obama got elected and again he’s a racist. I don’t get it. Can he not have an opinion? This is craziness! Let me make something clear. I am not a Texan fan defending my team. I am also not a trump supporter. I can’t stand trump. But this garbage is why he got elected. People are so beyond disgusted with this over sensitive PC nonsense that they over corrected and elected someone who finally speaks out on it because it’s getting so out of control. If we could just settle down here as a country and not blame everything on racism all the time and stop the PC idiocy, guys like trump don’t end up in positions of power. Bottom line, stop being a victim Duane Brown.

  22. In todays PC world, he shoulda just said the truth. “We can’t have the players run the League”. Same statement, but sounds better.

  23. You guys are right the same inmates running the Asylum has been a saying for a very long time.

    The problem is that’s not what he said he said inmates running the prison which doesn’t make any sense at all. There are people in prison that are fully capable of running it better than the current administration of that prison probably does.

    Ever seen Shawshank Redemption?

    If he had actually said inmates running the Asylum I don’t think we would be talking about it. The word Asylum has zero racial connotation. Prison, on the other hand is something else entirely.

    So keep trying I guess but you’ve missed it entirely.

  24. There was nothing racial about it. He just mixed up his sayings. If I was paid tens of millions of dollars from my boss, he could call me anything he wants, intentionally or not intentionally.

  25. I do believe he is talking about the league office. Just read that it is Goodell vs Jones on the National Anthem issues and some owners are not liking the fact that Goodell is standing by the players and feels the social realities need to be addressed. And other owners are gaining a much stronger voice.

  26. The good thing is, he came out and apologized. Unfortunately it was just a poor choice of words. I do believe he was speaking of the players and not the league office. People are way too sensitive. It’s too late to make the players stand for the National Anthem.. They should want too, ig they continue, then many won’t be making the kind of money they are now, because the fans going to games, buying merchadise and the advertisers will go elswhere

  27. Nothing to apologize for the comment was fine. Snowflake players are ruining the sport. NFL is jumping the shark, so many guys I know are done with it, count mw among them

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