Richard Sherman, other National Football League players rip Texans owner McNair for 'inmate' comment

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green took exception to Houston Texans owner Bob McNair and his insensitive comments regarding NFL players and their season-long protest of the national anthem, drawing a direct comparison to one of the most obscurely abhorred owners in NBA history - Donald Sterling, former owner of the L.A. Clippers.

McNair issued a public apology on Friday for his remark, which he made at the National Football League owners meeting last week.

One of those was African-American league executive vice president/football operations Troy Vincent, a former player, who told the owners that during his playing career he had been called many names, including the N-word, but "never felt like an inmate".

James Palmer of the NFL Network first reported Hopkins was absent directly because of McNair's comments from the NFL's meeting with players and NFLPA representatives. "I wanted to answer their questions", McNair said (via the Chronicle).

Rookie cornerback Treston Decoud said he doesn't think McNair's comment is unpopular among team owners. That word was also in the statement the owner issued Friday morning that said, "I regret that I used that expression".

DeAndre Hopkins was a no-show at Houston Texans practice on Friday. I asked Brown if he thinks it would ever come to that. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. Goodell, however, has said he believes players "should" stand for the anthem, which is consistent with the league's game gamual. "So, if I say a figure of speech that's not socially okay I'm going to get fined".

It's unclear where Brown's relationship with the Texans and McNair will go from here.

Washington owner Dan Snyder responded to Jones by saying he shared in his concerns, which is when McNair reportedly drew his "inmates" analogy. I'm sure there are a lot of owners that feel that way.

"Janice and I have been privileged to support great initiatives in higher education and athletics", McNair said in January.

Some Texans players considered staging a walkout following McNair's comment, a source told ESPN. "We can't let you have your own beliefs.' That's what it feels like". "We can't let you speak for yourself'".

Left tackle Duane Brown ended his holdout and will return to the lineup Sunday to give the Texans some much-needed line depth.

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