Last year, the NBA moved this weekend’s All-Star Game from North Carolina due to the state’s discriminatory transgender bathroom law. Texas now has a similar bill (Senate Bill 6) in the works.
The NFL is taking note, just a week after Houston hosted is Super Bowl. The league’s spokesman, Brian McCarthy said:
“The NFL embraces inclusiveness. We want all fans to feel welcomed at our events and NFL policies prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard. If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law [in Texas], that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott shot back at the NFL, telling radio host Glenn Beck,
“The NFL is walking on thin ice right here. The NFL needs to concentrate on playing football and get the heck out of politics.”
Gov. Abbott proceeded to call McCarthy a “low level advisor” as if this statement was an off-the-cuff remark rather than the messenger giving Texas the league’s opinion on the bathroom bill.
“For some low-level NFL adviser to come out and say that they are going to micromanage and try to dictate to the state of Texas what types of policies we’re going to pass in our state, that’s unacceptable. We don’t care what the NFL thinks and certainly what their political policies are because they are not a political arm of the state of Texas or the United States of America. They need to learn their place in the United States, which is to govern football, not politics.”