Houston Texans owner Cal McNair in hot water for anti-Asian slur

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL season of scandal is apparently just getting going. It could now include Houston Texans owner Cal McNair.

According to longtime NFL reporter Mike Silver, McNair is in hot water for an anti-Asian slur he used during the team’s charity golf tournament back in May.

Silver noted that McNair told the audience on hand that he was “sorry that we couldn’t get together last year, because of the China Virus.”

Of course, this is in reference to the 2020 iteration of the golf tournament being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The use of “China Virus” has long been a calling card for some who blame the Eastern metropolis for the virus.

Cal McNair apologizes for anti-Asian slur

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Nov 3, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Houston Texans chief executive officer D. Cal McNair watches from the sidelines before a NFL International Series game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Responding to the story in question through a Texans spokesperson, McNair seemed contrite for the anti-Asian remark.

“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.”

According to the report, people in the audience “gasped” at the remark while McNair and his wife, Hannah, “seemed to think it was hilarious.”

All of this comes on the heels of a scandal involving former Las Vegas Raiders head coach, which led to his resignation. Gruden was forced out after emails over a several-year period displayed racist, homophobic and misogynistic tenancies on the part of the Super Bowl-winning coach.

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Meanwhile, the Washington Football Team is still embroiled in a scandal of its own stemming from allegations of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct within the long-downtrodden organization.

As for Cal McNair and the Texans, this is not the first time that a high-profile member of the franchise has been in hot water. His father, Bob, made waves years ago by telling fellow NFL owners that they “can’t have the inmates running the prison” when talking about Colin Kaepernick-led National Anthem protests. Cal took over as Houston’s owner when his father passed away back in November of 2018.