Andre Johnson almost pulled out of Texans’ Ring of Honor ceremony over McNair comments

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Last season, the Houston Texans made former wide receiver Andre Johnson the first member of the franchise’s Ring of Honor. But Johnson nearly pulled out of the ceremony because of his displeasure with Texans owner Bob McNair.

Johnson said this week that he was so upset by McNair referring to the NFL’s ongoing national anthem controversy as “the inmates running the prison” that he considered not going to the Ring of Honor ceremony.

“I wouldn’t say it surprised me, but I just didn’t like it,” Johnson said on former teammate Arian Foster’s podcast, via the Houston Chronicle. “To know you did so much for a franchise and to have him come out and say something like that. At the end of the day, you don’t make the money if we don’t run it. If you take some people off the street and put them in there, nobody’s coming to watch that. It was real touchy with me. I even thought about not doing the ring ceremony.”

Foster added that he had initially intended to attend Johnson’s ceremony but ended up skipping it because he didn’t want to be associated with McNair.

For his part, McNair now says that he didn’t do anything wrong when he made his “inmates” comment and now regrets apologizing.

71 responses to “Andre Johnson almost pulled out of Texans’ Ring of Honor ceremony over McNair comments

  1. Honestly… he should pull out for that… and… his abuse of hgh.

    This guy’s game declined the very instant the nfl strengthened their hgh testing.

    SEE: vernon davis

  2. Yeah. Almost.

    The more you hear, the more you realize that McNair should not have called them inmates.

    He should have called them brainwashed halfwits

  3. Inmates running the prison is a common business term for when the managers have no control over their employees. If you automatically assume that prison=black people then you are the one being racist

  4. Always liked Andre Johnson.

    Hasn’t anyone ever heard the phrase “inmates running the asylum?” It’s not calling people inmates; it refers to how an organization can fall apart when there’s no leadership at the top.

    This “story” got way out of control because people like a good “story”

  5. Andre playing a game making millions, isn’t a right. And while the game is played by all types of players from HS to College, yes people will pay to see the game. Unless of course, you come off a some spoiled justice warrior whining over perceived injustices and faux outrage.

  6. Previous commenter is correct that the saying is “inmates running the asylum.” So why did McNair say “inmates running the PRISON”?

  7. I wish the drama queen would just go away…
    Calvin Johnson had the same problem – not being relevant any more…
    They cause controversy just to get back in the news. Pathetic.

  8. Umm doctorrustbelt:

    Honestly… he should pull out for that… and… his abuse of hgh.

    This guy’s game declined the very instant the nfl strengthened their hgh testing.

    SEE: vernon davis

    Umm… you’re example isn’t even right dude, Vernon Davis is probably the most durable TE the redskins have right now, that’s why the team resigned him. Only reason he’s not starting right now is because jordan reed is a freak of nature(injury-prone freak of nature). You must be at least right when you give an example like that. Johnson’s decline wasn’t anything related to HgH, it was due bad qbs hanging him out to dry against dbs and lbs. If he was in the on the Texans with deshawn Watson during his healthier years he’d be lighting it up.

  9. tombreck2 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 5:54 am
    Inmates running the prison is a common business term for when the managers have no control over their employees. If you automatically assume that prison=black people then you are the one being racist

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    If you don’t both to think for a second realize that a term or phrase can have multiple connotations or interpretations and you make certain comments to the media, you are the moron who’s asking for it.

  10. No, it got so publicized because it is racist what he said. If he had used the word asylum it would not have been seen as racist so as usual those that refuse to see it for what it is condone that thinking by their approval and way of excusing it. So, again instead of worthwhile discussion on the issue of the article, some want to attack AJ & deflect from thr real issue being discussed, more approval & excuse of BM’s racist comments.

  11. By the way, any poster who really believes that because someone calls out racist behavior is being racist is in full denial of reality. Just read ANY American history book.

  12. At the end of the day, you don’t make the money if we don’t run it.
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    The money comes from the fans. And we don’t want to see you protesting symbols of our country when you come out of the tunnel.

  13. Society as a whole is getting way too over sensitive to language. What he said isn’t even offensive. It’s an old saying.

  14. All YOU did for them! This at best all HE gave you the opportunity to do!!! This is mutual at best!! As evidenced by the people with your skill set NOT having the stage or making the money, nor playing the game they love-WHO WOULD LOVE TO. Playing high level in the NFL is not like Steve Jobs bringing us the IPHONE!!! Without these highly successful NFL Owners doing what they do to bring in more revenue for the league, and endless plans, meetings, etc to get into the league and to keep it thriving. None of the players would have the opportunity they have. And the world would go on.

    McNair is right. He should not have apologized for an idiom, college students should understand how and why they ARE used. And leave it at that, like we do in business and in real conversations all the time.

  15. “To know you did so much for a franchise…”
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    Yeah like all those Super Bowls you won single-handedly for the team? Andre, you got paid to do a job. You did it very well but got paid very well – well over $100M in total!! It ultimately did little for the Texans (two short postseason runs) but despite that they are recognising all your yardage. Be grateful for it or ask not to be honored, but that team did as much for you as you did for them.

  16. Technically the saying is “inmates running the asylum,” but that phrase is now considered insensitive to those with mental health issues.

    Either way, the ones who should have been upset about it were his fellow team owners, and the folks at NFLHQ on Park Ave. More than anything, that phrase is pointed at them and their lack of leadership and management.

  17. You know what’s really funny?
    People complaining about other people’s sensitivities.
    “That’s not racist!” they shout.
    “That’s not insulting!”
    How the Hell would They Know how someone else feels about something–and what gives Them the right to say that something is not wrong, to another person who clearly believes that it is?

  18. I have a strong disdain for the public reaction when something like this occurs. Bob McNair said something that either was or was not taking out of context. However, why are we forgetting all of the positives he has done for the city? How many players on a yearly basis receive checks from McNair? How many employees feed their family because of his money?

    I do understand that these players and stadium workers are providing a service and deserving of payment but still. If a man is a racist, label him as such. If a man makes one misstep, give him the benefit of the doubt.

    We love to stand over someone and judge while we make plenty, plenty of mistakes.

  19. It’s really funny when people say, “making a million dollars to play sports isn’t a right.” If it’s not, then you go out there and make the sacrifices it takes to make the NFL. The owners need talented players or they won’t make any money. Playing professional sports is earned by the athlete, don’t blame them because they generate more money than you do in your profession.

  20. Tired of people that take sayings literally. This country is too sensitive everyone wants to be a victim and be offended…which personally I find offensive.

  21. We understand that it’s a phrase but that doesn’t excuse the context it was used in. He was talking about inmates running the prison when referring to peaceful protest done by African American players in this league. If you’re too dense to understand the coded language used here, then that’s your problem. It’s not the players’ fault for understanding exactly what he meant by that statement.

  22. In the Weeds says:
    April 11, 2018 at 8:04 am
    You know what’s really funny?
    People complaining about other people’s sensitivities.
    “That’s not racist!” they shout.
    “That’s not insulting!”
    How the Hell would They Know how someone else feels about something–and what gives Them the right to say that something is not wrong, to another person who clearly believes that it is?

    ——–
    Maybe it’s because today’s SJWs play the race card any time someone disagrees with them

  23. Andre further lamented that he and the Texans “almost” beat Tom Brady and the Patriots one time…

  24. Geez….McNair was referring to the NFL front office not the team. Goes to show that some people constantly search for things to be offended about. It they can’t find it they manufacture it.

  25. The terms, prison/asylum have been used interchangably, ive heard it used by bosses using both terms. Man, the sensitivity these days. People look for occasions to be offended nowadays.

  26. mmpierrogi

    If you don’t both to think for a second realize that a term or phrase can have multiple connotations or interpretations and you make certain comments to the media, you are the moron who’s asking for it.

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    In 2018 just saying ‘Have a nice day’ will have multiple connotations or interpretations and if you have that need to be offended, because it makes you feel relevant and unique, you will shape it as such.

  27. He could have pulled out without hurting my feelings.. He was a product of the Texan Hype and too many targets. They had to run picks to get him open… One year they had a story ready to go about passing Michael Irvin as the most prolific receiver in Texas football but Jason Witten beat him to it by a mile LOL!!!!!

  28. Low information ex-players get mad when other low information idiots telling them how racist a common phrase used to describe a situation of anarchy whose mere uttering by the owner results in said low information players considering pulling out and/or not attending a celebration involving said low information ex-players.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    And nothing of value was lost. Just said low information’s player(s) one last minute in the spotlight. Because they got goaded into being emotional over nothing and did it to themselves. Stop listening to morons.

  29. McNair is a clown of the highest order.

    The only people defending his statement are other clowns.

    The rich man knows what he said and those with more than air between their ears knows what he meant.

    I got your business saying right here…

  30. inmates running the prison is NOT a real expression or idiom. inmates running the asylum is. and there is a difference.

    this was a Dog whistle for sure. coded language. that’s the environment we ate currently living in. people are acting a fool and trying to pass it off as normal

  31. matt2calvin says:
    April 11, 2018 at 6:16 am
    I wish the drama queen would just go away…
    Calvin Johnson had the same problem – not being relevant any more…
    They cause controversy just to get back in the news. Pathetic.
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    Andre Johnson a drama queen? Seemingly you know nothing about the guy. Barely opened his mouth his entire career. Just put his head down and did his job.

  32. The same guys on here whining about Eric Reid and other anthem kneelers will be the first to tell Andre Johnson that he’s too sensitive.

  33. tombreck2 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Inmates running the prison is a common business term for when the managers have no control over their employees. If you automatically assume that prison=black people then you are the one being racist
    ………………………………

    You sir are 100% correct. As business owner, i’ve lost track of how many times fellow owners have used that term in conversation, and the majority of them don’t have a black employee. That this is even a topic just really shows the ignorance of people. Can we discuss a real topic now?

  34. sure it is a common phrase and I don’t think anyone would argue that. However you do have a brain and with that brain you can understand that all situations are not the same. It is common like saying cutting the fat when you fire employees that are not really needed. IF your employee also happens to be a 300lb woman you might want to use a different phrase. IF the issue you are discussing is Police treating black people like they are criminals you might want to use a different phrase to get your point across. It isn’t political correctness it is just good business.

  35. What happen to FREE speech?

    ++++++++++

    So taking a knee isn’t free speech? Did you miss Civics Class? Free Speech is not covered at WORK!! THEY ARE AT WORK! The owner’s could tell them NO you cant do this and it would be over. They are cowards who are giving into the lawless. Go protest at work if you have a chance.

  36. I love the Rachel Maddow-esque catchphrases that only professional college students of “Ethnic Studies” department even come up with: “It’s a dog whistle…It’s coded language”

    Like Bob McNair, a man of action with things to do, even has time to stop & say to himself “Hmm, you know what I can do? I can put some ‘coded language’ out there and really stick it to these guys. It’ll be a ‘dog whistle’ to all my boys in my club of rich old white men.”

  37. Bob McNair is a Texas billionaire. He’s just blunt and looks down on everyone – including every other NFL owner. Andre served the Houston Texans magnificently for many years but to McNair he was just a highly compensated former employee who helped to improve his ROFE (return on the funds employed). What has he done for him recently?

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