Greg Abbott wants the NFL to stay out of the state’s business and not threaten it over a controversial bathroom bill being considered by the state Legislature.
The NFL said last week that Texas, which hosted Super Bowl 51 in Houston, could miss out on hosting another Super Bowl if the proposed legislation is passed.
Texas is potentially on the lists of sites for the 2018 Super Bowl, but the NFL is threatening to take Texas off if state legislation is passed that they don’t like – House Bill 2899. They are claiming it’s like the transgender bathroom bill, but in reality it’s not. It’s literally a bill about discrimination and that laws can’t be created that treat a special class of people different.
Per David Moore of The Dallas Morning News, multiple sources state the NFL has their eye on the coming resolution of the “bathroom bill” — House Bill 2899 — a law that determines who can use what restroom facilities. Moore goes on to note the league is in no rush to make the call on who’ll host the draft next season, giving them time to see how things land first.
Things could hit next level in the near future, however, as the league could pull out a proverbial nuke against the State of Texas going forward, should HB 2899 pass — per Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Friday that if proposed laws that are “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.”
Those comments didn’t sit well with Abbott, a Republican.
“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,” Abbott told Beck.
“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,” Abbott added. “They need to learn their place in the United States, which is to govern football, not politics.”
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