This NFL Owner May Have Made The Most Racist Comments Of The Year

The Houston Texans owner called his players inmates

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The Houston Texans owner seems pretty racist

During a closed-door meeting among NFL team owners and executives, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair made disgusting comments about players choosing to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial injustice.

Here's what he said

We can’t have the inmates running the prison.” – Bob McNair, Houston Texans Owner

Here's why everyone's mad

Players and fans were outraged. Since 80% of NFL players are Black, and 100% of owners are not Black, some compare the NFL to a modern plantation system.

Also, for decades people have argued that prisons are the new form of slavery, due to their use of free labor by mostly Black men. Thirty-seven percent of prison inmates are Black men, despite Black people only making up 13% of the U.S. population.

Some consider his comments insensitive.  Others, however, are glad these statements came out to further expose the divide between Black players and the professional sports industry that profits off them.

What's most revealing is the fact that McNair made these comments in a meeting where NFL executives were discussing how to handle the growing protests among players.

The statements hint at what many of us already assumed - some team owners are more concerned with power and profit than they are with the grievances of their players and the communities the players come from.

Here's what happened next

The Texans players considered walking out of practice after hearing the comments. Instead, most players chose to kneel during their Sunday game for the first time this season. All the Black players knelt.

Texans player Jadaveon Clowney wore an orange jumpsuit (the kind that inmates wear) to a Halloween party days later, though he claimed it was not a jab at McNair. The owner has retracted his statement, claiming it was taken out of context. 

Now ... what exactly is the proper context for a statement like this?

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