On Tuesday, Bally Sports’ Michael Silver reported Cal McNair made an anti-Asian statement while addressing a crowd of more than 100 people at the Houston Texans Foundation Charity Golf Classic in May.
“I’m sorry that we couldn’t get together last year, because of the China Virus.”
McNair was referencing a phrase used by former president Donald Trump.
Bally Sports reported that after McNair made the comment, his wife, Hannah McNair, “joked about her husband’s use of the term ‘China Virus’ to several people who had been present for the remark.”
“Everyone gasped,” one witness said, “especially the people directly across from him. He and Hannah seemed to think it was hilarious. It was dead silent.”
McNair has since sent out a statement apologizing for his actions back in May:
“My comments at the event last May included an inappropriate choice of words,” McNair said in the statement. “I immediately apologized to people who approached me then and I apologize again now. I know how important it is to choose my words carefully. I would never want to offend anyone.”
Cal McNair has been the Texans’ chairman and CEO since his father, Bob McNair, died in 2018.