Arizona Governor Jan Brewer holds the fate of the world’s most popular football game in her hands at this very moment. In Arizona, a bill recently passed that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay customers due to religious reasons. The debate over SB 1062 rages on, but many of the state’s representatives and Congress folks have urged Brewer to veto the bill. So far, she hasn’t decided the bill’s fate, but one heavy-hitter may sway her more than any complaint from John McCain ever could. The National Football League may move Super Bowl XLIX out of Arizona if a controversial “religious freedom” bill passes.
“Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law but will decline further comment at this time.”
Amazingly enough, Arizona hasn’t seemed willing to learn from its mistakes, as it was also awarded a Super Bowl bid way back when only to lose it over yet another controversial political decision. The NFL awarded Super Bowl XXVII to Arizona in 1990, but when voters rejected an law that would make Martin Luther King Day a state holiday in Arizona, the NFL moved the site of the 1993 Super Bowl to Los Angeles, the runner-up to Phoenix in the initial round of bidding. Maybe they could move it back to East Rutherford since the last New Jersey cold-weather Super Bowl was so well-received.
Meanwhile, Michael Sam lost hundreds of thousands of dollars when he came out as gay before the draft due to teams knocking him down their draft boards for “distraction” based reasons, despite Sam being the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
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