SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — It seems the NBA and NFL are linked now more than ever when it comes to politics, and pro athletes are standing up for one another regardless of what sport they play.
Friday morning Warriors star Draymond Green strengthened that connection when he responded to a controversial comment made by an NFL owner, in which he compared players to prison inmates.
Houston Texans owner Robert McNair was quoted in an ESPN the Magazine article saying, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
The words were spoken during a meeting of NFL owners over what to do about players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.
The article quoting McNair was posted online at 3:45 a.m. Friday. Before 8:00 a.m., McNair issued an apology stating, in part, “I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally.”
Here is the full statement, posted on Twitter by the Texans PR.
Statement from Texans Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert C. McNair: pic.twitter.com/EXdwKZ4y4x
— Texans PR (@TexansPR) October 27, 2017
Draymond Green was quick to respond.
On Instagram, Green posted a picture of the original article saying the statement was “very Donald Sterling-esque.”
He’s referring to the former Los Angeles Clippers owner, who was allegedly heard on leaked tapes making racially charged remarks.
Green went on to say, “Inmates? For starters, let’s stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman. To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start.”
Wow! This sure does sound very Donald Sterling-esque. But I'm sure the fans pay to see him play and he's putting himself at risk of CTE by going out there every Sunday and giving 110%! Inmates? For starters, let's stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman. To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset. Webster states that an inmate is a person confined to an institution such as a prison or hospital. Not sure these tax paying men should be referred to as inmates- but what do I know?
McNair is also a multimillion-dollar Trump campaign contributor.
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