National Football League more forceful on Texas 'bathroom bill' after Super Bowl

"If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law (in Texas), that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events", Mr. McCarthy told the Houston Chronicle on Friday in response to a question about the proposed Texas law.

"If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law (in Texas), that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events", National Football League spokesman Brian McCarthy told the newspaper in an email.

Future Super Bowls are set for Minneapolis next year, Atlanta in 2019, Miami in 2020 and Los Angeles in 2021.

Houston just played host to the Super Bowl.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick reiterated that his office remained committed to "making sure that every Texas is welcomed" at sporting events.

The law would require people to use bathrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate.




The Texas legislation ― known officially as the Texas Privacy Act, or SB6 ― was introduced in January and is similar to a law passed a year ago in North Carolina.

The NFL will nearly certainly not be the last sports league to weigh in on this issue.

The "bathroom bill" now under consideration could sink the state's chances of hosting another Super Bowl in the near future. Those six games were moved to Greenville, S.C. The NCAA has not responded to requests for comment regarding the Texas proposal. The NBA moved the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte and the NCAA relocated several collegiate championship games from the state as well.

Republican state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham, who will guide the bill through the upper chamber, said SB 6 would still allow for accommodations for transgender students, such as single-stall restrooms, on a case-by-case basis.

"I'm not a lawmaker, but I know the impression that that law has given other people of our state and that's the saddest thing in the world to me", Williams said at a press conference on Tuesday.

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