McNair warned league owners to avoid having "inmates running the prison."

By Nihal Kolur
October 27, 2017

At a recent meeting about NFL player protests during the national anthem, Texans owner Robert McNair warned his fellow owners that they needed to avoid letting "inmates running the prison," ESPN's Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. reported.

"We can't have the inmates running the prison," McNair reportedly said at a meeting last week, referring to protesters. 

While McNair did issue an apology Friday for his choice of words, many Houston Texans players were reportedly upset and considered skipping Friday's practice. Several NFL players also did not take kindly to McNair's use of the expression. Here's a look at some of the players who responded to McNair on Twitter. 

Former Houston Texan and current Jacksonville Jaguar wide receiver Jaelen Strong:

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman:

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon LaFell:

Free agent wide receiver and former Houston Texan Cecil Shorts:

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner:

Former journeyman running back Justin Forsett:

New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison:

Former tight end Shannon Sharpe:

Former offensive lineman Damien Woody:

Former running back Reggie Bush:

Houston Texans safety Treston Decoud:

Tennessee Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo:

Colin Kaepernick started protesting during the anthem last year to raise awareness of police brutality and racial injustice, and several players ultimately joined him. The protests grew this year after President Trump disparaged NFL protesters during a speech in September, calling them "son of a b----." 

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