The National Football League has come out against a potential bathroom bill in Texas, saying it would not consider the state for future Super Bowls.
“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,” Brian McCarthy, NFL spokesperson, said. “If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law there, that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events.”
The bill in question, Senate Bill 6, which much like North Carolina’s HB2, would bar transgender citizens from using the bathroom that correlates with their gender identity. The bill is sponsored by Senator Lois Kolkhorst with some help from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who has gone on the record and said seeing the bill pass was one of his top priorities for this year.
“Despite persistent misinformation in the media, under Senate Bill 6, all Texas teams will be able to set their own policies at the stadiums and arenas where they play and hold their events,” said Patrick in a statement defending the bill. “There is no conflict with the NFL’s statement today and Senate Bill 6.”
It’s unlikely that the Super Bowl would be held in Texas so soon after the past one (which took place in Houston), but that’s a strong message to send, one we don’t think Texas will take lightly.
““I completely share the sentiments of the NFL,” Kolkhorst said, continuing Patrick’s sentiments. “That’s why the Texas Privacy Act ensures that our state continues the same welcoming environment we all enjoy at NFL events.”
If the NFL were to go through with this if the bill does eventually come to pass, it would be reminiscent of the NBA pulling their All-Star game from Charlotte last year in response to HB2, which cost them millions and inspired people like Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato and Bruce Springsteen to pull their concerts from the state, and created countless boycotts and protests.
Texas, can you handle it? Is denying the rights of citizens worth it to you?
h/t: MSN Sports