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Texans owner rescinds donation, says his views were misrepresented

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HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 04: Houston Texans owner Bob McNair celebrates the Houston Texans win over the Atlanta Falcons on December 4, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Texans won 17 to 10. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

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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.