Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair was the focal point of criticism directed at NFL owners last season after saying “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” at a league meeting reportedly in reference to player protests.

Now that he’s had some time to reflect, he doesn’t regret saying them – he only wishes he didn’t apologize for the remarks.

McNair claimed the comments were not in reference to the players, but rather workers at the league office who he felt had more control of the NFL than the owners. Regardless, he claims the public overreacted over a lack of understanding.

“The main thing I regret is apologizing,” McNair told Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal, according to Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith. “I really didn’t have anything to apologize for …

“In business, it’s a common expression. But the general public doesn’t understand it, perhaps.”

McNair’s comments were met with disdain by players around the league and on his own team. Left tackle Duane Brown, who said McNair also expressed unhappiness for Barack Obama’s election in 2008, was among the most vocal on the Texans’ roster at the time, but was traded to the Seattle Seahawksmidseason. McNair denied Brown’s account from 2008 and insinuated that the now-Seahawks left tackle shouldn’t be trusted.

“I don’t go into meetings and express views like that,” McNair said about Obama’s election. “I never said that. (Brown) has no problem saying things that are not true.”


Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown says that his team’s owner, Bob McNair, has made controversial comments regarding players prior to his recent remarks about “inmates running the prison.”

Brown, who recently returned from a holdout, says that after Barack Obama was elected as President of the United States in 2008, McNair expressed to players that he did not share their excitement.

“He came to talk to the team,” Brown told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, regarding the owner. “He was visibly upset about it. He said, ‘I know a lot of y’all are happy right now, but it’s not the outcome that some of us were looking for.’ That was very shocking to me.”

Brown recounted after Los Angles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was ousted from his position over racists comments, McNair shared a rather troubling opinion with the Texans players.

“The message was more to be careful who you have private conversations with, because things that you think are confidential can spread like wildfire,” Brown said. “In my mind, it would probably have been better if he said ‘don’t be a racist’ instead of ‘be a racist in private and make sure it doesn’t get out.'”

Brown says that since he began protesting during the national anthem last season, McNair hasn’t had anything to say to him.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich hasn’t minced words in the past over his opinion of president Donald Trump, and won’t be starting now.

Pertaining to an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4 which killed four U.S. soldiers, Trump said the following as to why he hadn’t issued a public statement on the matter, as transcribed by The Nation’s Dave Zirin: “President (Barack) Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”

Popovich – a military man who served five years in the United States Air Force – reached out to Zirin so he could vent his frustrations over Trump’s comments, insisting that whatever he said be on the record:

I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this President had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never-ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families, is so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.

This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner – and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers – is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.

When it was announced that Trump had won the presidency back in November, Popovich mentioned that he was “sick to his stomach” because of the “xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic” things Trump had uttered prior to being elected.

Popovich has also called America “an embarrassment” to the rest of the world, if only because of Trump’s residence in the Oval Office. He’s even questioned how Trump’s supporters could possibly continue to support a man who continuously crosses moral and ethical boundaries.

LaDainian Tomlinson pleaded for racial unity and harmony during his Hall of Fame speech, a common theme of the evening amid a turbulent political climate.

The former Chargers running back recounted a story of his great-great-great grandfather coming to the United States on a slave ship from West Africa, and called for harmony in these polarizing times.

“The family legacy that began in such a cruel way has given birth to generations of successful, caring Tomlinsons,” he said Saturday. “I firmly believe that God chose me to help bring two races together under one last name: Tomlinson. I’m of mixed race, and I represent America. My story is America’s story. All our ancestors, unless we’re American Indian, came from another country, another culture. Football is a microcosm of America. All races, religions, and creeds living, playing, competing side by side.”

Tomlinson continued, invoking the message of change championed by former President Barack Obama.

“On America’s team, let’s not choose to be against one another. Let’s choose to be for one another. My great-great-great grandfather had no choice. We have one. I pray we dedicate ourselves to be the best team we can be, working and living together, representing the highest ideals of mankind, leading the way for all nations to follow. One of the most eloquent orators of our time said it best in his farewell address. Paraphrasing and humbly building upon what President Obama said, ‘We all have to try harder, show up, dive in and stay at it.’ I am asking you to believe in your ability to bring about change, to hold fast to the faith and the idea whispered by slaves: ‘Yes, we can.'”


Adam Silver believes that if a team is invited to the White House, it should go.

When the Golden State Warriors won the title last month, they indicated they were undecided on whether they’ll visit President Donald Trump.

Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum recently asked the NBA commissioner if he thinks attending those visits should be up to the league, team, or individual players.

“I definitely don’t think it should be a league decision,” Silver replied in the interview for The Players’ Tribune. “I don’t think we should be directing teams or players to go to the White House. It’s my view that if invited, our teams should go to the White House. Regardless of people’s personal political views, I think that these institutions are bigger than any individual politician or any individual elected official.

“And it concerns me that something like going to the White House after winning a championship – something that’s been a great tradition – would become one that is partisan.

“I will say, though, even though I think that teams should make decisions as organizations, that I would also respect an individual player’s decision not to go.”

Stephen Curry, David West, and Andre Iguodala have all been critical of the 45th president, with the latter straight up saying he wouldn’t go to the White House this year. Head coach Steve Kerr has also spoken out against Trump’s principles in the past, but he did say his team should still consider visiting the White House.

When the Dubs won the title in 2015, they visited then-POTUS Barack Obama.


Ownership of a sports franchise can be a star-studded affair these days. But there are a few names that transcend the likes of the Williams sisters involving themselves in the Miami Dolphins and Drake endorsing the Toronto Raptors.

One name that does so with ease is former U.S. President Barack Obama.

A noted Chicago sports fan, Obama was recently mentioned by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst as a current target that many NBA ownership groups want to get involved in their circle.

“There are multiple people that are competing that want Barack Obama to be part of an ownership group,” said Windhorst on ESPN’s “Jalen & Jacoby” podcast.

“If he wants to be part of an ownership group, he could be by this afternoon,” continued Windhorst.

While Obama isn’t likely to be in charge of any managerial decisions, he would be a distinguished name to flaunt in front of both a team’s fan base and potential free agents.

Windhorst didn’t provide a timeline for such a development, instead saying that Obama would be careful about any situation he involves himself in, assuming he agreed to go down this road.


Three-time NBA champion LeBron James has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States.

James publicly backed the Democratic nominee in an op-ed for the Akron Business Journal, which he also gave to Business Insider to publish Sunday.

He wrote:

I support Hillary because she will build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama. I believe in what President Obama has done for our country and support her commitment to continuing that legacy.

Like my foundation, Hillary has always been a champion for children and their futures. For over 40 years, she’s been working to improve public schools, expand access to health care, support children’s hospitals, and so much more. …

Policies and ideas that divide us more are not the solution. We must all stand together – no matter where we are from or the color of our skin. And Hillary is running on the message of hope and unity that we need.

The four-time MVP has been outspoken about social issues over the last several seasons, and was one of four NBA players to publicly demand an end to gun violence and racial profiling in the U.S. during this year’s ESPYs.