Houston Texans chairman McNair apologizes for 'China virus' remark

Sports | ASSOCIATED PRESS 28 Oct 2021

Houston Texans chairman Cal McNair has apologized for referring to the novel coronavirus as the "China virus'' during the team's charity golf tournament in May.

The phrase, used frequently by former US president Donald Trump, is considered by many to be insensitive to Asians because it places the blame on China for the Covid-19 pandemic. The first recorded Covid-19 cases occurred in Wuhan in 2019.

McNair used the phrase while addressing more than 100 participants before the start of the golf tournament, blaming the virus for the event's cancellation the previous year, Bally Sports network reported.

"My comments at the event last May included an inappropriate choice of words,'' the NFL executive said.

"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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