The NFL, which just held Super Bowl LI in Houston, is warning that a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender individuals could jeopardize future major events in Texas.
Senate Bill 6 would require transgender people to use restrooms based on their “biological sex” in government buildings, schools and universities, Fox News reports.
“The NFL embraces inclusiveness,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “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.”
On “America’s Newsroom” today, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the NFL should govern football, not politics.
He said that the NFL has its own share of problems, such as players committing acts of violence against women and not standing for the national anthem.
“The last thing the NFL needs to do is to get into the business of telling states how to operate their own political operations,” Abbott said.
He added that if the NFL tries to dictate policies to the state of Texas, then he might pass a bill mandating that players have to stand and place their hand over their hearts when the national anthem is played.
“The NFL has no business whatsoever trying to get into the politics of various states. The NFL has its own problems that it must fix.”