According to Bally Sports, who spoke to several people in attendance for the remark, McNair said, “I’m sorry we weren’t able to get together last year, because of the Chinese virus” while addressing briefly to the more than 100 participants of the Houston Texans Foundation Charity Golf Classic at River Oaks Country Club.
McNair was referring to a phrase also used by former President Donald Trump. Shortly after making this comment, McNair apologized to those still surrounding him before the start of the golf outing.
“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 the people who approached me at the time and apologize again now. I know how important it is to choose my words carefully. I would never want to offend anyone. “
Bally Sports reported that after McNair made the comment, his wife, Hannah McNair, “joked about her husband’s use of the term ‘Chinese virus’ to several people who were present for the remark.”
Cal McNair has been the CEO of the Texans since the death of his father, Bob McNair, in 2018. In 2017, Bob McNair’s comments at an owners meeting came under close scrutiny after ESPN reported that ‘he had said that the owners of the NFL “cannot have the inmates run the jail.” The comment referred to the player demonstrations taking place during the national anthem.