HOUSTON – Houston Texans owner Bob McNair told the Wall Street Journal he regretted apologizing for his comments last year that the NFL was at risk of having the inmates running the prison.
"The main thing I regret is apologizing," McNair told WSJ. "I really didn't have anything to apologize for."
McNair said he thinks if people were offended, that just means they didn't understand what he meant, NBC Sports reported.
"In business, it's a common expression. But the general public doesn't understand it, perhaps," McNair told WSJ.
McNair last month said, "Our playing field is not the place for political statements. It's the place for football."
"Fans are upset about it. The fans are our customers. You can replace the owners and the league would survive. You can replace the players, although the game won't be as good. You can't replace the fans. If you don't have the fans, you're dead," he said.
The Texans told KPRC2 they have no comment about the Wall Street Journal article.
Here's how people are reacting on social media:
@HoustonTexans formal invite for bob mcnair to come on my podcast to have a civil discourse about all. think the fans, him and myself can benefit from it.— feeno (@ArianFoster) April 5, 2018
Yes. They have. We just played audio of David Anderson confirming he's told the story, "a thousand times" and it was awkward. Also: "everyone in there remembers it." https://t.co/XMgYpO85o4— John P. Lopez (@LopezOnSports) April 5, 2018