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.”
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.
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.