Texans players considered a massive walkout from practice Friday in the wake of controversial remarks by owner Bob McNair about the players’ national anthem protests.
The only player who didn’t attend practice due to the remarks was wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, whose absence was characterized as a “personal day” by coach Bill O’Brien.
The comments from McNair, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison” disgusted, sickened, frustrated and didn’t surprise Texans veteran offensive tackle Duane Brown. Brown added that the Texans’ players aren’t done with the issue and will reconvene to discuss their response further.
“I think the comments were disrespectful, I think it was ignorant, I think it was embarrassing,” Brown said. “I think it angered a lot of players, including myself. We put our bodies and minds every time we step on the field. To use an analogy of inmates in a prison, I would say they’re disrespectful.”
Brown said that he didn’t know if he would talk to McNair about it.
“It’s a bad situation,” Brown said.
Brown added that he was “sickened” by McNair’s comment, which he’s issued an apology for.
When asked if his opinion on McNair had changed, Brown replied: ‘I’m not surprised by it.”
Brown took issue with reaction that players should be content to make millions of dollars and shouldn’t take political stances.
“This is a skill and a talent we hone in from when we were six, seven years old,” Brown said. “We’ve worked our asses off for this money. Anybody that feels like we’re given this and we’re just privileged to have this money, yes we’re grateful for it. But it’s not something that’s just handed to us. We’ve put in blood, sweat and tears for this. That goes out the window when somebody says something like that.”