"I protested [during the national anthem] previous year, and there was no backing of my character as a man as a leader or a player", Brown said. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. "I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players". That McNair would seemingly misunderstand the reasoning behind the protest is also far from surprising as many people have allowed themselves to become convinced that the protest started last season by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was somehow about disrespecting the troops and the flag instead of about police brutality. "The predominantly white and rich owners appear to recognize the optics of curtailing black players' free speech by demanding that they stand for the anthem", Newsweek added. Texans coach Bill O'Brien declined to comment on any connection to McNair, saying only that Hopkins had taken a "personal day".
Rookie cornerback Treston Decoud said he doesn't think McNair's comment is unpopular among team owners.
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ESPN reported later on Friday that several Texans players considered staging a walkout over McNair's comments and that at least one player, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, skipped practice. "Well, I'm not in a hospital and I'm for damn sure not in a prison".
Washington owner Dan Snyder responded to Jones by saying he shared in his concerns, which is when McNair reportedly drew his "inmates" analogy.
"For starters, let's stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman", said Green in his social media post. 'You're an inmate. We can't let you get out of line. Does a larger protest arise from players responding to McNair's stupidity?
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"I'm 100 percent with these players", O'Brien said. Previously, however, the Brown-McNair relationship wasn't great, apart from the player's holdout.
That might have also been an attempt to prevent Hopkins and other players from boycotting Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.
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