Bob Knepper of the Houston Astros apologized Saturday for what he termed a "careless and insensitive" statement about the National Organization for Women.

"Because of my earlier experience with NOW in spring training, it's not easy to apologize, but I know that I was wrong," Knepper said at a news conference Saturday."The state ments I made I felt were really poor."

Knepper had drawn the ire of NOW for referring to the organization as "blowhards and lesbians" in an article published in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated.