NFL Team Owner Compares Anthem-Kneelers To “Inmates Running The Prison”

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Houston Texans owner Bob McNair made it clear during a meeting with NFL owners that he is not a fan of players kneeling during the national anthem.

ESPN reported Friday morning that McNair had spoken out during a recent NFL owners meeting about the protests, and compared the players to inmates running a prison.

The sports network reported in part:

As Jones spoke, Snyder mumbled out loud, “See, Jones gets it — 96 percent of Americans are for guys standing,” a claim some dismissed as a grand overstatement. McNair, a multimillion-dollar Trump campaign contributor, spoke next, echoing many of the same business concerns. “We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” McNair said. That statement stunned some in the room. Then Kraft, who is close friends with Trump, politely rebuked the hardliners, saying that he supported the league’s marketing proposal and predicted the issue would work itself out over time.

It doesn’t get much more straightforward than that. There’s nothing in the statement left open to interpretation. McNair is clearly not happy, and it’s not hard to blame him. NFL ratings continue to slide, and there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight.

Players have been kneeling for the national anthem for over a year now. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started this trend during the 2016 NFL season, and it has continued to flow into this season.

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  1. Linda

    October 27, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    I read someone or heard that it was left up to the owners, well if he is a owner and he stated that they should stand then why hasn’t this stopped. Im comfused ?

  2. Paul Neumeier

    October 28, 2017 at 5:49 am

    This is bullshit, you can’t have the rats running the ship!! Phrases that reflect ownership and direction!!

  3. Herb Portere

    October 28, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Despicable idiots that kneel while our National Anthem is playing. To me they are NOT American and should be playing in Iran!…from a patriotic Korean War Veteran!

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