Bishop James Dixon and NAACP respond to Bob McNair statement

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 15: A logo is seen for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks speaks during a press conference at the Lincoln Memorial June 15, 2015 in Washington, DC. Brooks announced "America's Journey for Justice," an 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C. and a campaign "to protect the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

HOUSTON—The Houston NAACP, elected officials and community leaders held a press conference Friday in respond to comments made by Houston Texans owner Robert ‘Bob’ McNair.

“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 or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it,” McNair said.

According to ESPN The Magazine, McNair made the “inmates” statement after other owners in an Oct. 18 meeting discussed business concerns surrounding the anthem protests.

The NAACP says that it is necessary for McNair to understand the severity of his statement and how his words are revelatory of the deep racial discord that persist in our society.

Athletes and sports fans took to social media to share their thoughts.

American football wide receiver Cecil Shorts tweeted”  Inmates, slaves and products. That’s all we are to the owners and others. Not grown men with families, kids, wives, values, and morals.”

Texans Coach Bill O’Brien tweeted from the Houston Texans account that the issue with McNair had been addressed and he was 100 percent with the players.