AUSTIN — According to the Dallas Morning News,
put the NBA on the growing list of sports organizations
warning Texas over its proposed transgender bathroom
In a statement to the Houston Chronicle last week,
spokesman Mike Bass said the NBA weighs a number of
factors before choosing where to hold major events,
including how fans and athletes will be treated.
"We consider a wide range of factors when making
decisions about host locations for league-wide events
like the All-Star Game — foremost among them is ensuring
the environment where those who participate and attend
are treated fairly and equally," Bass said.
The NBA has come out against anti-LGBT bills in the
past, moving Sunday's NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte
to New Orleans after lawmakers in North Carolina passed
their own version of the transgender bathroom bill into
law. Texas isn't scheduled to host any major NBA events
in the near future, but Dallas Mavericks owner Mark
Cuban supported the decision to move the All-Star Game
and even offered up Dallas as an alternative.
NBA's warning was issued at the same time that the NFL
said state laws that conflict with the league's
commitment to embrace inclusiveness could be a deciding
factor in where major events like the Super Bowl are
held. While the NFL statement to the Chronicle
was widely reported, the NBA's remarks were largely
missed but were re-reported by Fox Business on Friday.
The NFL's warning became an instant lightning rod, with
conservatives blasting the league for weighing in on the
issue. Gov. Greg Abbott, who was largely mum on the
bathroom bill before the NFL weighed in, has become
particularly outspoken since, this week suggesting he
would proposed passing a law requiring NFL players to
stand during the national anthem if the league decided
to boycott Texas.
Texas' bathroom bill, sponsored by Brenham Republican
Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, would let organizations like the
NFL and NCAA set their own bathroom policies at
convention centers or arenas in Texas, but would
prohibit cities from passing local laws to safeguard
transgender rights in those venues' restrooms. It would
also prohibit trans Texans from using the bathroom that
matches their gender identity in public schools and
Business groups, including Dallas' convention and
visitors bureau, have derided the bill as
"discriminatory," saying it would create the perception
that Texas does not value the rights of its LGBT
And advocates say even proposing such legislation
encourages attacks against the transgender community,
which studies have shown is already particularly at risk
to bullying, discrimination and even violence.
decided to stick with love. Hate is too great of a
burden to bear." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.