Running the Asylum

The NFL’s Houston Texan players are upset with the words of their owner, Bob McNair, who said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.” He made the comment after the recent meeting of NFL owners over the whole debacle of players kneeling for the national anthem before games.

Reasonable people sincerely know McNair did not intend the words literally. The words are an old phrase or mix of phrases like “the inmates running the asylum.” It’s all to tell that the wrong people are calling the shots. The team is a business and he is the owner – the boss.

Irrespectively, McNair apologized.

It’s dissonant to think these big men take physical hits with impacts of a moving Volkswagen or more, yet are shaken to the core by a comment. Yes, words do absolutely hurt, as too often intended, but surely this wasn’t such a scenario.

The men on the Texans team profess to take it personally. Addressing their objections with taking the words literally, implying crimes and criminals, the Texans do have a pretty clean record, considering the criminal activity, arrests and personal low-lives of many NFL players overall.

Travis Henry: prison for cocaine trafficking with an aside of fathering 11 children by 10 different women.

Plaxico Burress: prison for an illegal weapons charge. He shot himself in the leg at a nightclub.

Dante Stallworth: short jail term after killing a pedestrian while driving under the influence.

Eric Naposki: prison for murder.

Jovan Belcher: murdered his girlfriend, who was the mother of his 3-month-old baby; admitted it, then committed suicide.

Rae Carruth: prison. Murder-for-hire of his pregnant girlfriend. The baby survived.

Aaron Hernandez: prison for first-degree murder, then committed suicide.

Robert Rozier: prison. Suspended from the NFL for drug problems. Joined a black supremacist group that would kill white people and deliver body parts to the cult leader. Convicted of seven murders.

Cecil Collins: prison. Broke into a woman’s home to “watch her sleep” (must be more to that story).

Dwayne Lewis Goodrick: prison. Hit-and-run that killed two people.

Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson: prison for drugs and sex with teenage girls.

Travis Deion Henry: prison for cocaine; also claimed to be broke after having nine children with nine different women, all a few months apart.

Ryan Chief Leaf: prison for multiple theft and drug problems.

O.J. Simpson: enough said.

Keith Wright: home invasions, robberies, rapes, kidnapping, etc.; sentenced to 234 years and 8 months.

That’s but a brief a rundown of some of the culprits.

Business Insider published a story dated June 28, 2013, by Sportsgrid that stated the number of arrests of NFL players, at that time, from 2000. The Minnesota Vikings had the most, with 40 arrests, and that number rose to 44, according to a report of September 12, 2014 in the New York Times.

Of all the 30-plus teams, the Houston Texans were in a tie for last with eight.

With that, the Texans are a pretty clean group. However, it seems their anger would be more effectively directed at their wayward and scandalous fellow NFL players than at one guy who made a comment that may well be on point, all things considered.

 

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