After ESPN reported that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair compared NFL national anthem protests to "inmates running the prison," the team's players threatened a walk out.
McNair's comments, made in a meeting involving NFL owners and league executives, were published in an ESPN The Magazine article this morning.
Reaction to the quote has been fiery, even after he quickly issued an apology for the comments, and the Texans themselves reportedly threatened to walk out on practice today in response.
The team had to be "persuaded to stay," according to ESPN's Sarah Barshop, via Adam Schefter.
One of the most notable players on the team, however, could not be persuaded.
Superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins left the facility, taking what Bill O'Brien said was a "personal day."
Pro Bowl offensive tackle Duane Brown was at practice, but did not hold back when addressing the issue.
O'Brien also says he stands with his players who are angry about the owner's comments.
We'll have more as the story develops. Clearly, the Texans aren't done addressing this.
The team plays at Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.