In a discussion on national anthem protests in the NFL, McNair used a figure of speech for an analogy saying, "We can't have the inmates running the prison".
Brown added that McNair also addressed the team after the scandal that forced Donald Sterling to sell the L.A. Clippers, when racist remarks Sterling made in private became very public.
The NFL has been rocked by the recent wave of protests, which started a year ago when then San Fransisco player Colin Kaepernick "took a knee" during the anthem to protest against widespread police brutality and racial discrimination.
"We can't have the inmates running the prison", Bob McNair said during a closed-door owner's meeting earlier this month, as reported by ESPN the Magazine. The United States flag has a different meaning to many and I think it's his right to express his opinion.
On Day 2 of the meetings, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told his colleagues that they needed to seriously consider the impact the anthem issue was having on the league's bottom line, and to some in the room Jones was building towards an mandate that would require players to stand during the anthem, similar to NBA's rule.
Jets offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum declined to comment on McNair's remark at practice Friday. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. He ended a long holdout earlier this week and was the only player on the team to raise a fist during the anthem in games last season.
"I'm not sure, man", Brown said. I used a figure of speech that was never meant to be taken literally.
He said, "I think the comments were disrespectful, I think it was ignorant, I think it was embarrassing".
Some Texans players considered staging a walkout Friday in response to McNair's "inmates" comment.
- Liz Lemon (@_MyDMsBroke) October 27, 2017Bob McNair needs to realize the millions of dollars he is making is because of these "inmates".
"For starters, let's stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman", said Green in his social media post.
Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, is expected to attend next week's meeting between players and owners.
Do Texans players kneel for the anthem en masse on Sunday? "We can't let you speak for yourself'".