Bob McNair's Really Stepped In It Now

That incendiary line lit up the Texans-receiver DeAndre Hopkins walked out of Friday's practice in protest-and now the team is weighing a stronger response. Most of the players later returned to practice, while coaching staff talked remaining players out of protesting.

League executive and former Miami Dolphin Troy Vincent were reportedly most vexed by McNair's comment, saying that in all his years of playing in the NFL, he's been called every name in the book, including a n--r, but never has he ever felt like an "inmate".

"Some of these owners are showing their true colors", Sherman said following Seattle's practice Friday about a quote attributed to McNair in an ESPN story in which the Texans owner said of players, "We can't have the inmates running the prison". "If something changes, I'm sure we'll let you know".

Green called McNair's remark "very Donald Sterling-esque", a reference to the former Los Angeles Clippers owner who was banned from the National Basketball Association for life for making racist comments that leaked in 2014. "I would never characterise our players or our league that way and I apologise to anyone who was offended by it".

ESPN reported that the team held a players meeting on Saturday in Seattle to decide how to present themselves on Sunday after McNair's comments surfaced.

Although McNair has since apologized for his offensive comments, some believe the National Football League owner to be innocent because of his use of a figure of speech.

"I think it was ignorant", Brown added. And after meeting with the team on Saturday - where he apologized again - McNair claimed his "inmates" remark wasn't referring to NFL players but was actually referring to the league office.

Carroll also said he expects newly signed veteran free-agent defensive end Dwight Freeney to play Sunday. I think it angered a lot of players, including myself. He told Josina Anderson of ESPN that 65-70% of their team would be kneeling and they decided not to remove their decals. "We can't have the inmates running the prison", he said in a statement that "stunned some in the room", according to the report.

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