Texas Democrat asks NFL, NBA to oppose bathroom bill


The head of the Texas House Democratic Caucus asked the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to clarify the league’s position on a transgender bathroom bill that will get a public hearing Wednesday.

“I write today to make the National Football League aware of this ill-advised, intolerant legislation so that you have the opportunity to weigh in,” Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, wrote in a letter sent Wednesday. “Laudably, the NFL has taken a strong stance over the last several years in opposing similar discriminatory measures.”

Unfortunately, Turner wrote, The Dallas Morning News recently wrote that the NFL would not oppose House Bill 2899. (Actually, the Morning News quoted a lobbyist for the Dallas Cowboys who said, absent opposition from the NFL, that the team wasn’t likely to oppose HB 2899).

“In fairness, however, I have not seen any official statement or comment from your league on this important matter, which is why I write to you directly and request you clearly state your organization’s opposition to HB 2899,” Turner wrote, adding that he was also writing in his capacity as the representative for Arlington, “home to the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLV and hopefully, future Super Bowls.”

Turner later sent a similar letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

HB 2899 will get its first public hearing in the House State Affairs Committee after the House adjourns Wednesday.

That could be late this afternoon or evening. The House is voting on several hot-button bills, including a school finance plan that has about 50 proposed amendments.



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