Houston Texans owner Bob McNair's comment will not stop players from trying to work with the NFL to bring about social change, Philadelphia Eagles safety and player coalition leader Malcolm Jenkins said Friday. McNair issued a public apology Friday following an ESPN The Magazine report that quoted McNair as saying, "We can't have the inmates running the prison," during last week's owners meeting in reference to ongoing player demonstrations during the national anthem. "From a player's perspective, I think we've done a great job of trying to work in a collaborative manner with the league to really come up with solutions, to move forward and create some real change, and I don't see that changing," Jenkins said. "Obviously his comments will represent him, but from a player's standpoint, we're focused on our goals, we feel like we still have an opportunity to move forward with whoever is interested in doing that, and so hopefully we can get that same type of commitment from those in league leadership. "That's our goal. It's not to appease one another, it's not to change someone's personal opinion, it's just to get some actual work done and change done. That's what our focus is going to be. Obviously you have quite a few different comments come from different owners, but I feel like players have been very, very diligent in making sure that our message has been one that we want to continue to push forward, that we want to continue to collaborate and move forward. So hopefully we can get to that point." Some Texans players considered staging a walkout Friday due to McNair's comment, a source told ESPN. Sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins' absence from practice was directly related to McNair's comment. Running back D'Onta Foreman also did not practice over the comment, sources told ESPN.
Eagles' Jenkins: Despite McNair's remarks, we'll keep pushing for change
ESPN | Oct 27