Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair apologized Tuesday for reportedly using an anti-Asian slur at a charity golf tournament in May, CBS Sports reports.
According to a report from Michael Silver of Bally Sports, McNair referred to the coronavirus as the “China virus.” McNair made the comments while addressing more than 100 attendees at the Houston Texans Foundation Charity Golf Classic at River Oaks Country Club.
“I’m sorry that we couldn’t get together last year, because of the China Virus,” McNair said, according to witnesses.
Witnesses told Silver that McNair and his wife smirked. They seemed to think the comment was funny, but many audience members didn’t. Hannah even joked about her husband’s use of the term “China Virus” to several people.
McNair has issued an apology.
“My comments at the event last May included an inappropriate choice of words,” McNair said in a statement to Bally Sports. “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.”
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