More and more controversies continue to surround the National Football League because of the National Anthem protests.
Houston Texan owner Bob McNair made a bold statement during an owners-only session to discuss the protest issue. McNair compared NFL players to prisoners: “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
NFL players expressed their frustration afterward. DeAndre Hopkins, wide receiver for the Houston Texans, skipped practice out of anger over McNair’s comments. Richard Sherman, cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, tweeted, “Don’t apologize! You meant what you said. Showing true colors allows (people) to see you for who you are.”
Owners did not vote to change a policy that would require players to stand for the anthem during that meeting. It seems that NFL owners are having trouble relating to the players. To the players, kneeling for the National Anthem is a stand for social justice, but for the owner, it is a business concern. The longer the players continue to protest, more money will be lost. McNair issued an apology, “I apologize to anyone who was offended [by my words].” During the game on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, most of the Texans players took a knee before the game.
However, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s comments might be the most offensive. During a “special privileged session,” on Oct. 18 with just the owners and one adviser, Snyder supported Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’s stance that the NFL needed a quick anthem mandate, according to ESPN. Snyder mumbled out loud, “See, Jones gets it — 96 percent of Americans are for guys standing.”
This comment is very offensive; Snyder is another example of how disconnected the players are from the owners. It is obvious that Snyder is not familiar with the way minorities are treated in this country. In order for this protest to be truly effective, players and owners will have to get on the same page. At this point, something will have to be done to better the current state of the NFL. How much money will NFL owners lose before they retaliate or start to understand how the players really feel?