Several players across the league were upset by the comment, feeling that they merited more respect than that expression. Obviously Texans players were extraordinarily upset, with players considering walking out of practice as a response. One player, DeAndre Hopkins, did indeed miss practice because of the comments.
The outrage was enough that McNair released this statement as an apology on Friday.
“I regret that I used that expression. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players. I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players of our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”