Texans owner rescinds donation, says his views were misrepresented

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Texans owner Bob McNair became a focal point for controversy this week when he made a $10,000 donation to a group working to repeal discrimination protections for gay and transgender people in Houston. Now McNair has pulled that donation, saying the group misrepresented his views.

McNair said in a statement that the group he donated to, Campaign for Houston, made false statements about his opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO.

“Campaign for Houston made numerous unauthorized statements about my opposition to HERO in print, broadcast and social media – including attributing certain statements of belief to me,” McNair said in a statement. “Their actions and statements were never discussed with nor approved by me.”

McNair didn’t specify which statements he was taking issue with, nor did he explain why he donated to Campaign for Houston in the first place. But he did say he opposes discrimination and would support a city ordinance that gave protections against discrimination to everyone.

With the Super Bowl heading to Houston in 2017, McNair is surely hoping to avoid Houston becoming embroiled in the kind of controversy that arose in Arizona last year, when the NFL suggested that it could pull the Super Bowl from the state if an anti-gay bill became law. The NFL’s statement helped sway Arizona’s governor to veto that bill.

55 responses to “Texans owner rescinds donation, says his views were misrepresented

  1. Good for McNair..Certain groups are using scare tactics about Transgender, and rest rooms..These are red herring issues. Even reasonable people were confused about this.

  2. McNair, Irsay and Jones. I’m really tired of these guys and their headlines. Back in the day we only heard from the owners when their team made the championship game.

    Please make it stop.

  3. Liberals say they love free speech and hearing different views, and always find themselves shocked to discover there are different views that people are exercising free speech.

  4. working to repeal discrimination protections for gay and transgender people
    ~~~~~~~
    I will probably get hammered with thumbs down on this but I will say it anyway. I don’t think anybody should be discriminated against because of their sexuality, race, gender, religion, weight, or anything else. That said, it seems to me that the LBGT folks have been incessantly complaining about the need to be treated as equals, just like everybody else. Except, they are opposed to things like this. It just seems odd that they will oppose the one thing that actually does exactly what they have been advocating for decades–true equality.

  5. He doesn’t need to donate 10k, I don’t know anyone who is voting for “HERO”. Tired of the liberals always pushing their agenda on the silent majority.

  6. “Conservatives” don’t really understand the Constitution or capitalism.

    The right to free speech is a constitutional protection that states the US Government can’t come in and take your property or Liberty due to you saying something incredibly stupid.

    Last time I checked, Obama didn’t send an army to McNair’s house or seize his property. Free speech doesn’t protect you for saying something incredibly stupid and consumers judging you for it.

    That’s capitalism.

    McNair walked his comments back because he didn’t want the controversy… Which, just like the Texans play, could put a damper into his profits. Like a smart businessman, he decided to keep his comments to himself.

    Which brings me to my final point. Profits rule. If you want to say something stupid here (or say on Facebook), you are totally free to do so. But know that there are consequences for your actions and people will judge you for it.

    It’s the American way. Rant over.

  7. Since McNair says he writes $10,000 checks
    to people he knows little about…

    “Hey, Bob! I got a great charity here, called ‘LanceCo!’ We, uh, help people. Yeah, that’s it! And we really need $10,000 checks, you know…for the, uh, helping of humans! Yeah…that’s the ticket!”

  8. Where’s your phone Bob?

    Didn’t you say, “I don’t think J.J. would destroy his cellphone?”

  9. It’s interesting that people that support or donate to discriminatory groups such as Campaign for Houston only want to do so when they are kept anonymous. Once they actually have to pay the piper, they are all “I was misquoted.”

    Just a reminder. Freedom of speech = guaranteed. Freedom from public repercussions for such speech = not guaranteed.

  10. The Political Correctness Gestapo will try to destroy anyone who dares speak out against their illogical far-left nutjob agenda.

    Bob McNair is about to discover this the hard way.

  11. McNair is spineless jellyfish who is responsible for an endless losing team, I wish he would sell to someone who wants to win and not just take money

  12. So you call it an ‘anti-gay’ bill. But it’s already federal law and all it did was prevent frivolous lawsuits like the one that happened in new Mexico with the photographer. Ever notice how restataunts have a sign saying we have the right to refuse service…. liberals just used it to push their biased agenda.

  13. Wow, he’s so transparently trying to run away from his views on the subject. In some ways his reaction to the public outcry is the most revealing part of the story.

  14. I am a true liberal. Hell, I’m even part of the “Liberal Hollywood Media Elite”! I completely support equal rights and equal protection under the law for all people. I also completely support Bob McNair’s right to disagree with me and add weight to his choice with his checkbook. I would also encourage people who disagree with Bob to not support the Texan’s organization.

    It’s is these rights, of freedom and true liberty that I value as a liberal.

  15. The dude should stick up for what he believes in. He would only be insulting 1 or 2 people.

  16. A mouth may deny but the money doesn’t lie. Taking it back because his name got noticed making the donation means jacksquat. He knew to whom he was cutting a check. It’s pretty spineless to back away from a political issue he cared enough about to donate to in the first place just because someone saw his name on the check. It’s utterly contemptible for a person to encourage discrimination so long as nobody sees him/her doing it. Right or wrong, at least have the stones to stand up for what you believe.

  17. The name of the group is actually the “Campaign for Houston Bigots.”

    No one told McNair.

  18. > briang123 says:
    Oct 23, 2015 8:36 PM

    Liberals say they love free speech and hearing different views, and always find themselves shocked to discover there are different views that people are exercising free speech.

    There is a DIFFERENCE between free speech and discrimination. Seems like you are too dense to understand that. Free speech means expressing one’s opinion without interfering with someone else’s life. Discrimination is when you deny ANYONE their right to exist in a same way as you do. Study the Constitution.

  19. “Liberals say they love free speech and hearing different views, and always find themselves shocked to discover there are different views that people are exercising free speech.”

    Conservatives say they love freedom, and always find themselves outraged to discover other people use this freedom to enjoy a different culture, sexuality or religion.

    Gee, both sides are capable of shortsightedness and hypocrisy. Who’d a thunk it.

  20. I’m a Harris County and Houston resident and I’m voting to remove Mayor Porkers agenda plan. All of the provisions that are for “equal rights” are already guaranteed by the federal government. Our mayor has done absolutely nothing during her time in office but ignore pot holes, cut funding for police and firefighters, cut government employees pensions, continue our status as a “Sanctuary City,” and pass this ridiculous ordinance without a public vote.

    She ordered churches to turn over their sermons for examination by local government officials!

    This openly gay (married in California) woman is trying to push her agenda on her way out of office and as a parent, I do NOT want any gay/transgender men in the womens bathroom and vice/versa.

    Bob McNair is a good man and he’s on the right side in this ordinance, he likely made this move as to not alienate any of his fan base.

  21. I notice that he hasn’t demanded a public apology or threatened legal action. . . .

    Why should he? He got his money back and he stated what happened. Now you think he needs the other side to apologize? Or worse yet, take it to court? Why can’t it just be over? Why do we need all these unneeded extra steps?

  22. JJ Watt never would have made that donation :-/

    I don’t believe a thing Owners say anyways

    They’re all corrupt like their puppet Commissioner

  23. I heard Daniel Snyder called him an ‘Indian Giver’ and didn’t think anything of it…

  24. Houston passes HERO for “extra liberties protection” for LGBT people = Liberals happy!

    Indiana passes RFRA for “extra liberties protection” for people of faith = Liberals boycott, threaten, and stompy-foot everyone who disagrees with them.

    What a bunch of hypocrites, and why it rarely makes sense to have them in public office.

  25. Brian, your free speech isn’t infringed when folks tell the owner of a sports team that he is giving money to people who wish to decrease the law against discriminating gay and transgender people, among others. Free speech is you making a dumbass of yourself on a message board trying to sound smarter than you are and not going to jail for it. Let’s work on this, buddy.

  26. Ahh, it’s his money he can do whatever he wants with it. Whether you agree with his donation or not. What if some random person told you how to spend your money, I’m sure most people would tell them get lost.

  27. McNair should lose a first round draft pick, fined a million and JJ watt suspended 4 games because it was more probable than not that he knew about it according to the 5 million dollar investigation by Ted wells.

  28. stevent92 says:
    Oct 24, 2015 9:38 AM
    Houston passes HERO for “extra liberties protection” for LGBT people = Liberals happy!

    Indiana passes RFRA for “extra liberties protection” for people of faith = Liberals boycott, threaten, and stompy-foot everyone who disagrees with them.

    What a bunch of hypocrites, and why it rarely makes sense to have them in public office.

    **********
    Now, read very carefully and try to comprehend. The law in Indiana “allows” people to discriminate against other people based on their own religious beliefs. The Houston law “protects” people from being discriminated against. Get the difference?

  29. Liberals say they love free speech and hearing different views, and always find themselves shocked to discover there are different views that people are exercising free speech

    ==============

    Liberals are focused on the practice of active discrimination that LGTB face. Btw, free speech means that expression is free from government interference, not that one is free from being held accountable for the substance of your speech by others.

  30. McNair definitely knew what he was doing…. he’s like the cheating spouse… they aren’t angry with themselves for doing it… they’re angry they got caught

  31. Crazy how a man must “change his mind” in order to appease the “gay” community and not ruffle it’s feathers. The NFL a billion dollar corporation has tucked it’s tail. What if Bob McNair read the bible and decided he was anti-gay? Sounds to me like he got a call from “BIG BROTHER”(the league) and reminded him he has NO CHOICE but to rescind his donation or face the firestorm that a donation like that would bring..
    Michael Sam was just the beginning..
    GOD bless America?

  32. I hope I speak for the majority of Texan fans by saying that McNair is a TOTAL boob and is incapable of having a Successful NFL Team.He doesn’t want to fire Rick Smith, he doesn’t want to replace NRG Stadium’s pitiful Grass Surface or replace the entire Scouting Department for Smith’s incompetent Drafting during his tenure. I just got NFL Sunday Ticket because I’m tired of watching this Crap of a Team. Houston deserve’s way better. Oh, and he doesn’t want to fire his Salary Cap person either. Boob and cheap. Bad Combination.

  33. dave4nyfg
    Oct 24, 2015, 10:01 AM CDT
    Liberals say they love free speech and hearing different views, and always find themselves shocked to discover there are different views that people are exercising free speech
    ——
    Isn’t calling out this discriminatory pig, in and of itself, free speech? Nobody is saying he can’t donate or be discriminatory. But he can also be called out for doing so.

  34. Hey Bob, let’s produce your phone after all you claimed Brady was lieing.

    Uh the only liar is you. Your views werent misrepresented. Guess what that makes u a liar like u accused Brady of.

    Looks like you are the liar.

  35. Bob McNair is a billionaire, an NFL owner, and is a close family friend to two former presidents and a major candidate running for the presidency currently. Why do so many fans think he needs their protection? Bob, screwed up and now he is dialing it back. People with his visibility screw up on a regular basis. I wouldn’t judge him either way on this one event.

  36. Someone probably clued him in that when prominent people want to give money to controversial causes, it’s never done directly, so as to avoid exactly this situation…

  37. stevent92 says:
    Oct 24, 2015 9:38 AM

    Houston passes HERO for “extra liberties protection” for LGBT people = Liberals happy!

    Indiana passes RFRA for “extra liberties protection” for people of faith = Liberals boycott, threaten, and stompy-foot everyone who disagrees with them.

    What a bunch of hypocrites, and why it rarely makes sense to have them in public office.

    ——————-

    Protecting innocent people from you hurting them and protecting your ability to hurt innocent people are not equal causes.

  38. joker65 says:
    Oct 24, 2015 8:35 AM
    I notice that he hasn’t demanded a public apology or threatened legal action. . . .

    Why should he? He got his money back and he stated what happened. Now you think he needs the other side to apologize? Or worse yet, take it to court? Why can’t it just be over? Why do we need all these unneeded extra steps?

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    Because of Lawyers and the Media

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