Houston Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair apologized Tuesday for using an anti-Asian slur during a Texans charity golf tournament in May.

It was reported on Tuesday that McNair used the slur when referring to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

"I'm sorry that we couldn't get together last year, because of the China Virus," McNair reportedly told a crowd gathered at the Houston Texans Foundation Charity Golf Classic.

McNair issued an apology Tuesday via a team official.

"My comments at the event last May included an inappropriate choice of words," McNair said in a 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."