HOUSTON -- Cal McNair, chairman and CEO of the Houston Texans, apologized Tuesday after he was reported to have made anti-Asian comments at a charity golf tournament.
Bally Sports spoke to several people who were present to make the comment. McNair stated, "I'm sorry we couldn't meet last year, due to the China virus", while briefly addressing the 100+ attendees at the Houston Texans Foundation Charity Golf Classic at River Oaks Country Club.
McNair was using a phrase that former President Donald Trump used. McNair quickly apologized to those who were around him when he made that comment.
McNair stated that his comments at the event in May were inappropriate. He made this statement to Bally Sports. "I apologized immediately to those who approached me that day and I am sorry again." I am aware of the importance of choosing my words carefully. I wouldn't want to offend anyone."
Bally Sports reported that McNair's comment was made by Hannah McNair. She joked about her husband's use the term "China virus" to several people who were present at the remark.
Since his father, Bob McNair's death in 2018, Cal McNair has been the Texans chairman and CEO. After ESPN reported that Bob McNair said during an owners meeting in 2017 that the NFL owners couldn't have the prisoners running the prison, ESPN questioned his comments. This comment was made in reference to player protests during the national anthem.