The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) issued a letter Thursday to all major players’ associations calling for athletes in free agency to avoid signing with teams that are in Texas in response to the state’s recently enacted voting laws and new restrictions to women’s reproductive freedoms.
“In response to the most recent attacks on voting rights and reproductive care, the Association sent an open letter to the National Players’ Leagues, urging free agents to reconsider moving their families to a state that is not safe for anyone,” said the NAACP in a press release.
The two-page letter was sent to the NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB and NHL Players’ Associations signed by NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson and NAACP Texas President Gary Bledsoe. The letter directly addressed Gov. Greg Abbott (R).
“I write to you today in an attempt to appeal not only to your influential platforms as highly-regarded athletes but to your respective purposes a parents and roles model for both our children and those in your personal lives,” wrote Johnson. “From abortion to voting rights and mask mandates, Texas has become a blueprint by legislators to violate constitutional rights for all, especially for women, children and marginalized communities.”
In September, Abbott signed a Republican-backed voting bill to essentially rewrite the state’s election rules, tightening strict voting laws.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Analis Bailey