HOUSTON — The NAACP sent a letter to the gamers’ associations in 5 skilled sports activities Thursday asking gamers to rethink signing with groups in Texas due to current legal guidelines handed within the state.
In a two-page letter signed by NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson that was despatched to the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and WNBA gamers’ associations, the group pointed to current legal guidelines on abortions, voting rights and masks mandates through the coronavirus pandemic as causes to keep away from becoming a member of groups in Texas.
“If you’re contemplating signing in Texas, I ask you to make sure that homeowners are upholding their accountability of defending you, the athlete, and your loved ones,” the letter states. “I ask you to make use of your affect to assist shield the constitutional rights of every particular person in danger.”
In Could, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an abortion regulation that bans procedures after six weeks of being pregnant. In September, Abbott signed a invoice that considerably tightened voting legal guidelines. Earlier within the month, Abbott additionally issued an govt order that banned vaccine necessities in Texas.
“Over the previous few months, legislators in Texas have handed archaic insurance policies, disguised as legal guidelines, that instantly violate privateness rights and a lady’s freedom to decide on, prohibit entry to free and truthful elections for Black and brown voters, and improve the danger of contracting coronavirus,” the letter says.
The 5 leagues talked about by the NAACP within the letter embrace 9 Texas groups: the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers in MLB, the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs within the NBA, the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys within the NFL, the Dallas Stars within the NHL, and the Dallas Wings within the WNBA.