Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: NFL should ‘govern football, not politics’

Where do bathrooms and sports find themselves together on the field? In a spat between the NFL and the Texas governor, apparently. In an interview with conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott said the NFL is “walking on thin ice” and should “get the heck out of politics,” according to ESPN. Abbott’s comments come after NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Friday that the NFL may refuse to host sporting events in places that are “discriminatory or inconsistent with our values.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott during the Texas Longhorns against Oklahoma Sooners in the NCAA college football game at the AT&T Red River Rivalry Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas Texas Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott during the Texas Longhorns against Oklahoma Sooners in the NCAA college football game at the AT&T Red River Rivalry Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas Texas Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Two so-called “bathroom bills” have been filed in the Texas Legislature this session, with backing from by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. From the American-Statesman’s Chuck Lindell:

Senate Bill 6 and a similar measure, House Bill 1362, would prohibit public schools from letting transgender children use multistall bathrooms that conform with their gender identity. State government buildings also would be barred from creating transgender-friendly bathrooms, and cities and counties would be prohibited from requiring bathrooms that accommodate transgender individuals.

READ: NFL more forceful on Texas ‘bathroom bill’ after Super Bowl.

Abbott also weighed in on Twitter and invoked the “Deflategate” scandal:

None of the future NFL Super Bowl games scheduled through 2021 will be held in Texas.

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