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DeAndre Hopkins leaves team after Texans owner basically called players slaves

via DeAndre Hopkins Instagram

NFL star DeAndre Hopkins took a stand after racist comments by the Texans owner Bob McNair. According to ESPN, Hopkins skipped the team’s practice after McNair’s comments were publicized.

A report by ESPN the Magazine revealed McNair’s racist words. During a meeting with players and owners in New York on Oct. 17, McNair, who is also a Trump supporter, told the players and owners, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”

McNair’s statement basically compared NFL players to criminals and slaves. Slaves did not have the right to protest in any form and they faced being punished or lynched if they attempted to revolt. It’s a mentality of keeping Blacks “in their place” and restricting rights that are granted by the First Amendment.

McNair issued an apology by saying in a statement, “I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”

However, the damage was done.

Hopkins wasn’t the only player who was upset with the Texans organization. Several players were considering walking off the field until they were “persuaded” to remain at practice, according to Sarah Bishop of ESPN.

Texans players will meet to discuss a plan of action before Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.



28 Comments

  1. Sylvia Woody Nixon on October 28, 2017 at 8:23 am

    He meant every word he said and he’s only apologizing because he doesn’t want to lose any money. Its all about the money.

    • Taylor Campbell on October 28, 2017 at 8:48 am

      That is so wrong. I hate what the world is coming to.

      • Ernestine Morrison on October 28, 2017 at 1:17 pm

        This is how the world has always been. Whatever is in the dark will come to the 💡

      • Pamela on October 29, 2017 at 6:06 pm

        My friend it’s nor what the World is coming too.

        It;s the people in this World……
        There is so much ‘Evil in people heart

        • John Derek Ward on October 29, 2017 at 7:34 pm

          Yeah like the slave owners who raped slaughtered beat and did all the most horrible things to Africans in Amerikkka. America has always been evil!

    • eclark53 on October 28, 2017 at 10:56 am

      You got that right! These people’s deep seated hatred and animosity overwhelms them and they cannot contain their inbred racism.

      • Ernestine Morrison on October 28, 2017 at 1:18 pm

        Touche👊

    • Christian De on October 28, 2017 at 5:31 pm

      yup, his tired wrinkled self is about to expire soon anyway. Dumass is still stuck in that 60’s mentality.

  2. Walk Mo on October 28, 2017 at 10:47 am

    All them players,need to cancel his game not play then see who the slaves are . I get it they Dont want to jepordize their careers but this has to be done to shut some of these people mouth . We need each other but clearly its being taken out of contents of what team is . Not and never abusing your authority. Mr Owner ..

  3. Whitney Mabry on October 28, 2017 at 11:36 am

    This issue is growing bigger and bigger. I kneel with my brothers and support the NFL players.

  4. Monica Stokes on October 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    I am confused at the title of this article. When the article never says ANYTHING in reference to the title. Was it titles that way just to get readers? I think you title is misleading……

    • Tamara Grant on October 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      @monicastokes You didn’t read.

      “McNair’s statement basically compared NFL players to criminals and slaves. Slaves did not have the right to protest in any form and they faced being punished or lynched if they attempted to revolt. It’s a mentality of keeping Blacks “in their place” and restricting rights that are granted by the First Amendment.”

      • Leslie D W Jones on October 30, 2017 at 10:07 pm

        I think Monica is referencing the part of the title that reads “leaves team” which didn’t happen; according to the article he left practice.

  5. Pat Hansen on October 28, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    It is called an idiom. It goes, “We can’t have the inmates running the asylum” but the old man screwed up and said prison. It’s not like players aren’t always in trouble with guns, drugs, domestic disputes and assaults.

    • Hate Fighter on October 30, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Or he meant prison because their is a real public school to prison pipeline in the black community and slavery was only outlawed UNLESS as a punishment for crime. He said what he meant, he just didn’t mean to say it out loud.

  6. Ernestine Morrison on October 28, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    It’s open season folks and I don’t mean just for the 🐻s.All of these subconscious beliefs about us are coming to peoples consciousness. What so ever is in the heart overflows into speech. And that’s the truth. Believe it.

  7. Pamela on October 28, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I wish all of the players would have some ‘Balls” and walk…He meant every words..
    These players are making these Old White, Racist Men Rich….These players are the ones working, getting hit every week, injury, concussions…….NFL teams you need to Boycott……

    • Sadale Mack Green on October 29, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Exactly. The owners will capitulate immediately. These men don’t have the collective gumption to see that through.

  8. Wanda Washington Hunley on October 28, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I feel like all these players should be in unison an walk off the fields an say until we are treated with the respect we deserve as black men in these leagues an owner’s we will no longer be disrespected in aspect, or they can go out an play on the the fields themselves an see how the fans react, It was said if were not something, we would fall for anything, I’m for something, an that’s RESPECT, plain an simple🤔🤔🤔

    • Pamela on October 29, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Yes…

      Let these Old White Owner get out there and get that head bash in……

      All they want is these guys to make them even richer……
      ALL NFL teams need to take a stand……Treat us with Respect are you play the game your self

  9. kritikosman on October 28, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    This is the time for players to say: Bottom rail on top this time!

  10. nosey rosy on October 28, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    ARE you just that dum? or dont you know that is TEXAS ? texans are the most racist of people in america , texas whites and blacks are just like slaves diown there this kind of foolishness is normal for texasn you see how jerry jones acted he was stragiht massa ., and the only one i like is mark cuban ,he is determine not to let his players be mistreated

    • Sadale Mack Green on October 29, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      And Cuban is from KKK founding Indiana, but by ALL accounts is a decent man.

  11. Sandra Lewis on October 28, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Every NFL player of every team, don’t show up for practice, don’t show up for any games. Period.

  12. Rambro on October 29, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Encourage every NFL player to take a knee and raise a fist this Sunday!

  13. Jedi Senshi on October 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    “persuaded” I take it to mean they were pressured in some way to stay.

  14. John Derek Ward on October 29, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Anyone who would remain playing for that pig…is stupid!

  15. Andre' Alporter on October 29, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Alright Bob, you can show how much you really are sorry by making a contribution of 1 million plus dollars to an African American Community organization that have an educational and or sports component. No CHURCH!. You show us that, we will consider you off the bench.