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Jadeveon Clowney explains decision to wear inmate costume

Jadeveon Clowney continues to explain his decision to wear an orange prison jumpsuit to a Halloween party earlier this week. Given the revelations surrounding controversial remarks recently made by Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, it’s hardly surprising.

McNair created a firestorm last week at an owners meeting by saying “we can’t have inmates running the prison” during a discussion surrounding NFL player national anthem protests.

The rhetoric from McNair was widely interpreted as a disparaging remark about players, although he has since denied that was the case while issuing two separate apologies.

Clowney, meanwhile, showed up at a Halloween party Monday in an inmate costume.

The reasonable inference considering the timing of it all was that the Texans superstar was taking a shot at McNair. Reports surfaced in which the Texans insisted that wasn’t Clowney’s motivation. And Clowney himself has now publicly denied a shot at McNair was the intent of the costume.

“Nah, man,” Clowney said, via the Houston Chronicle. “It was just something to wear to a Halloween party. It was the only thing they had in my size.”

Clowney acknowledged in his comments some concern that his costume may be understood as a reaction to McNair’s comments.

“It was a team thing. I thought it was just teammates and having fun with my teammates,” Clowney said. “I didn’t think anything crazy was going to happen about it, but it was pretty hilarious to me.

“I thought about it, but then everybody was like, ‘It’s last minute, you might as well throw it on and come on. I was like, ‘Yeah I’m on my way.’ Went out there with teammates and had a good time. Everybody was just laughing. It was part of my costume, pretty cool.”