The National Football League's culture is broken, Houston Texans owner Robert McNair told CNBC on Wednesday, with the league grappling to manage the fallout from two high-profile domestic abuse cases.
With two marquee running backs caught in a whirlwind of domestic abuse charges, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is facing criticism and calls for his resignation. However, McNair told "Squawk Box" that he stands 100 percent behind Goodell in his capacity to run the league.
The NFL's issues are a microcosm of society's own problems, McNair said. Still, athletes are role models— whether they want to be or not, he added.
"We just have to recognize that we are bing held to a higher standard and we need to act to a higher standard," the team owner said. "What we have to say is 'zero tolerance', and we're not going to put up with it."
The NFL needs to say it's not going to tolerate domestic violence, McNair told CNBC. And going forward, he said teams can refuse to draft players who were involved in legal issues.