At a meeting between owners, team executives and Commissioner Roger Goodell, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones delivered an impassioned speech about finding a solution to solve the polarizing issue. Houston Texans owner Bob McNair reportedly said “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” in response to NFL players taking a knee during the United States national anthem.
It was also reported that Texans players wanted to walk out of practice after the comments. However, most were persuaded to stay.
McNair apologized for the statement on Friday on Twitter:
A recent CNN poll showcased the large divide on the issue among Americans, with 49 percent calling the protests the “wrong thing” to do and 43 percent saying it’s the “right thing.”