The Texas legislature is preparing to vote on a bill that would require individuals to use bathrooms that correspond the sex listed on their birth certificates. However, Texas governor Greg Abbott has stayed pretty quiet about the proposal…until the NFL got involved.
On Friday, the NFL released a statement warning Texas that its days of hosting the Super Bowl could be over if it passes the so-called bathroom bill.
“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,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy told CBS.
Texas has hosted two Super Bowls this decade and three since 2004, which is second only to the state of Florida. But of course, it’s not just the NFL’s business the state stands to lose. The NCAA pulled seven championship events from North Carolina last year after that state passed a similar bathroom bill, and the NBA pulled the 2019 NBA All-Star Game out of Charlotte. One would think those organizations would make similar moves with regard to Texas.
In light of the NFL’s warning, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has said it’s all just a big misunderstanding created by “persistent misinformation” from the media. The bathroom bill, he says, will not force people to use specific bathrooms. Instead it will allow businesses to make their own decisions about who uses what bathrooms.
“Texas teams will be able to set their own policies at the stadiums and arenas where they play and hold their events,” Patrick explains. “There is no conflict with the NFL’s statement today and Senate Bill 6.”
But Texas governor Greg Abbott? It seems he really did not appreciate the NFL deciding to weigh in on the matter, because he responded with this tweet:
NFL decision makers also benched Tom Brady last season. It ended with NFL handing the Super Bowl trophy to Brady. https://t.co/Qg06jT9RDp
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 11, 2017
Of course, just because the NFL is stupid, that doesn’t mean the state of Texas isn’t also being stupid. After all, their legislators are currently wasting the taxpayers’ time and money to pass a completely useless bill that exists solely to placate people with unfounded fears about things (or in this case people) they don’t understand.
Hat Tip – [CBS Sports]