Texas Governer Greg Abbott joined Glenn Beck’s radio show Tuesday to express some strong words for the National Football League’s recent statement regarding the notorious Texas “bathroom bill”.
Almost a week after Super Bowl LI was hosted in Houston, TX, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy addressed the impact the controversial “bathroom bill” could have on NFL events in the state of Texas.
The bill, formally known as Senate Bill 6, would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities based on their biological sex.
In a statement, McCarthy said that the bill’s supposed “discriminatory” factors are inconsistent with the NFL’s values, and if signed into law, the bill would jeopardize Texas’s chance of hosting future events.
“We want all fans to feel welcomed at our events,” McCarthy stated. “NFL policies prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard.”
It didn’t take long for the outspoken Texas governor to let the NFL know how he really feels.
“The NFL is walking on thin ice right here,” Abbott said to radio host Beck. “The NFL needs to concentrate on playing football and get the heck out of politics.”
“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 continued. “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. They need to learn their place in the United States, which is to govern football, not politics.”
Abbott also used his time on the show to speak out against the NFL players that kneeled or sat down during the National Anthem in an act of protest.
“I cannot name or even count the number of Texans who told me that they were not watching the NFL,” Abbott told Beck. “They were protesting the NFL this year because of the gross political statement allowed to be made by the NFL by allowing these players, who are not oppressed, who are now almost like snowflake little politicians themselves unable to take the United States National Anthem being played.”