Controversial Comments Again From Bob McNair

Texans Owner Not Sorry For 'Inmates Running The Prison' Remark

April 05, 2018 - 1:40 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Texans Owner Bob McNair would like a mulligan on his “We can’t have the inmates running the prison” remarks.  Not the remarks themselves, but the fact that he apologized for them.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal McNair thinks he should have never said sorry. 

“I really didn’t have anything to apologize for,” McNair said. 

McNair’s comments came at a meeting between NFL owners and league executives on the heels of Donald Trump’s criticism of NFL players protesting the national anthem.

“We were talking about a number of things, but we were also washing some of our dirty linen, which you do internally. You don’t do that publicly. That’s what I was addressing, the relationship of owners and the league office.  In business, it’s a common expression, but the general public doesn’t understand it, perhaps,” McNair added in defense of his alienating remarks.

The “We can’t have the inmates running the prison” comment didn’t surprise former Texan, Duane Brown, who recalls a moment after the 2008 Presidential election in which McNair addressed the Texans about the result.

“He came to talk to the team, he was visibly upset about it.” Brown said. Brown quoted McNair as saying ‘I know a lot of y’all are happy right now, but it’s not the outcome that some of us were looking for.’ That was very shocking to me,” Brown added. 

The 80-year-old McNair has a different recollection of the days after the 2008 election than Brown does.

“I don’t go into meetings and express views like that, I never said that. He (Brown) has no problem saying things that are not true,” McNair said.  “All Duane was trying to do was be a troublemaker.”

The Texans would trade Brown to Seattle late last October after he held out the entire preseason and six regular season games.

A couple of former Texans, Chris Myers and David Anderson, both recall that what Brown said is true.

“It was something we laughed about for a long time, because it seemed like a joke, but it’s not a joke anymore,” Anderson said.  “It was awkwardly timed, everything about it was really awkward.  Everyone left that situation feeling like why did he have to say that?  What was he trying to accomplish?”

Anderson was in his third of five seasons with the Texans in 2008, while Chris Myers was in his first of seven seasons in Houston.

“I can verify that, he let it be known,” Myers said in regards to McNair’s comments to the team after Obama was elected President.  “That wasn’t taken lightly at that point, especially by a lot of the guys, that he probably understood he was talking to.”

Two players on the 2008 team are on record saying that what Brown is saying is more accurate than what McNair is saying.

“Everyone there remembers it,” Anderson added.  “I can promise you everyone that was taking a knee that day listening to Mr. McNair remembers those comments.”