Players considered walking out of the team's facility after learning of McNair's comment until meeting with coach Bill O'Brien, GM Rick Smith and assistant head coach Romeo Crennel, a source present told NFL Network's James Palmer.
According to ESPN The Magazine, McNair made the "inmates" statement after other owners in an October 18 meeting discussed business concerns surrounding the anthem protests.
Later, McNair pulled Vincent aside to apologize - saying he felt terrible and this his words weren't to be taken literally.
Goodell and owners of 11 National Football League teams met with a group of players to develop a plan that would satisfy advertisers and fans who were upset by the anthem protests, according to ESPN. It didn't take long for McNair to try to make amends - he apologized to Vincent, and issued a statement on Twitter on Friday morning.
And pretty much, there it all is, in case you were really wondering what may be going through the minds of people like Bob McNair.
The report said Jones attended a separate meeting where he expressed his anger at how the protest is hurting NFL.
O'Brien also spoke with media after the practice, but he didn't comment on McNair's remarks or the reaction of players other than to say he is "100 percent with these players". The new issue of ESPN magazine out November 13, takes readers inside the NFL's recent meetings in NY following the firestorm of controversy that erupted after President Donald Trump's scathing comments about the protest against racial injustice and police brutality spearheaded by Colin Kaepernick.
When Brown was asked if he would consider not playing Sunday because of McNair's comments, the left tackle said he wasn't sure.
Within the confines of the piece, ESPN notes one unspecified owner as saying, "The majority of owners understand this is important to the players and want to be supportive, even if they don't exactly know how to be supportive". This is how you view us. "They got a commissioner just like any other league", Green said, referring to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.