Texans’ Bob McNair apologizes for saying NFL can’t have ‘inmates running the prison’

Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. of ESPN pulled back the curtain and provided an in-depth look at the recent NFL meetings between owners and players to discuss protests during the national anthem. The most eye-raising quote in the article came from Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, who reportedly derailed a discussion when he told other NFL owners that they “can’t have the inmates running the prison.”

Interesting point, Jay. When I have been on the field for games, I always think: How is that guy going to get up after that collision? It’s a ferocious game, and it looks ever rougher when you’re watching up-close, which the NBC cameras were able to show Sunday night. On Monday night, I was down on the field in Philadelphia before the game and ran into Ross Tucker, the former NFL offensive lineman, who was there doing the game for Westwood One. When I asked him if he wished he was playing in the game, he looked out at the field to mammoth Fletcher Cox warming up, and said, basically, HECK NO!!!!

Nashville Predators captain Roman Josi was on the receiving end of one such McDavid burn in October 2015: “I was covering him, and he got a pass from our blue line,” the defenseman explained. “He was kind of in between, I thought I was going to get it and cut it off, but all he did was toss to his backhand a little bit, then turn [the other] way. I hadn’t even turned yet … but he was already over there!”

Don’t judge Saban by the T-Rex-like shimmy he did following the Chick fil-A Peach Bowl a few years ago. “I really do have some moves,” he said. “I didn’t want to let them all out.” As it turns out, he was right. In a moment that probably wasn’t supposed to get out, we got to see Saban and his wife, Miss Terry, cut a rug during a party for recruits and their families. flames_010