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Did The Houston Texans Owner Violate NFL Discrimination Policy By Supporting Anti-HERO Ordinance

Houston Texans owner Robert McNair
Houston Texans owner Robert McNair

“It is the policy of the National Football League to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.”


(HOUSTON, TX) Houston Texans’ owner, and devoted christian Robert McNair has joined the ranks of Lance Berkman, donating $10,000.00 to the Anti-Houston HERO campaign. [Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance] on the heels of going to the polls. But; does this donation violate the NFL’s policy on discrimination?

Campaign for Houston spokesman Jared Woodfill said the donation “was very exciting for us.” Relating to McNair’s check earlier this week.

(Update) Robert McNair has released the following statement.

“Houston is a city known for the diversity and exceptionalism of its hard working people. We are also a city that works to ensure that everyone is treated respectfully and fairly.” McNair stated in a statement released through the Houston Texans.

“I strongly believe that everyone who lives or works in or visits Houston should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Because of the way the HERO ordinance is written, it has begun to separate rather than unite our community. This problem can be solved by defeating the current bill in November, thoughtfully rewriting it and then resubmitting it to the voter,” McNair said.

“Bob and Janice have always taken their roles as Christian stewards very seriously” a sentence from the McNair Foundation website reads. Mr. McNair is a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty Award.- The nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency.

It’s not the first time the Houston Texans’ have been accused of discrimination. The Texan’s were scorned by the NFL over their refusal to select Michael Sam in the first overall draft pick.

“Coaches, General Managers and others responsible for interviewing and hiring draft-eligible players and free agents must not seek information concerning or make personnel decisions based on a player’s sexual orientation”- a memo issued by the NFL.

This includes asking questions during an interview that suggest that the player’s sexual orientation will be a factor in the decision to draft or sign him. Stated an internal memo from the NFL relating to the leagues sexual orientation anti-discrimination and harassment policy guidelines. All factors that would be covered in HERO.

The anti-HERO campaign is currently targeting women in first radio ads where speakers rail against anti-discrimination law that is on the November ballot. Most critics of the law, largely Christian conservatives, object to the non-discrimination protections it extends to gay and transgender residents — one of the 13 other protected groups.

Mayor Annise Parker, has warned that repealing the law could damage the city’s economy and could jeopardize high-profile events such as Houston’s 2017 Super Bowl.

“The HERO supporters have tried to scare people into believing that we would lose the Super Bowl,” Woodfill said. “Obviously, if there were any truth behind that, Bob McNair wouldn’t’ be donating to the folks that are opposed to the ordinance.”

Houston Lifestyles Magazine once wrote that Houston was truly blessed to have the McNair family relating to an article of the giving nature of the McNair family. “Robert and Janice McNair are very giving and sincerely care about their fellowman,” the article rattles. “The McNairs are a true class act, a witness for their Christian faith, and true leaders in every sense of the word.” But is supporting a cause against protecting thirteen different classes from discrimination really caring about the ‘fellowman?’

Beyonce Expresses Interest In Owning Houston Rockets

Beyonce Expresses Interest In Owning Houston Rockets

Music Icon Beyonce Rumored To Want The Houston Rockets Basket Ball Team

(HOUSTON) — Mega pop star, and Houston native and diva, Beyonce is considering becoming an investor in the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets.

Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander announced is a surprise media conference last month he was selling the team. Alexander paid nearly $85 million for the team in 1993, but the team sale could reach $2 billion.

Beyonce’s husband, Jay-Z, at one time, owned a small percent in the New York Nets. Many celebrities do. For example, Justin Timberlake owns a piece of basketball’s Grizzlies.

Beyonce, who has performed wearing a Rockets jersey, would add superstar sizzle to any ownership group, likely helping the team with local and international marketing.

For Robbie Rogers and other openly gay athletes, organizational support is key

San Jose Earthquakes's Shea Salinas, left, pulls the jersey of Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Rogers during the second half of an MLS soccer match on July 17. (Jae C. Hong / AP)
San Jose Earthquakes's Shea Salinas, left, pulls the jersey of Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Rogers during the second half of an MLS soccer match on July 17. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

For Robbie Rogers and other openly gay athletes, organizational support is key


Whether minor leaguer David Denson succeeds or fails as affiliated baseball’s first openly gay player could be determined less by Denson’s talents and more by the attitudes of those around him.

Jason Collins, who in April 2013 became the first pro basketball player to come out, went nearly a year without a contract and then played limited minutes in 22 games the following season for the Brooklyn Nets before retiring from the NBA. And football’s Michael Sam, who was drafted and cut by the St. Louis Rams last year, played one game in the Canadian Football League before quitting earlier this month.

But soccer’s Robbie Rogers, who briefly retired after coming out in an emotional blog post in 2013, is thriving in his third season with the Galaxy, with whom he won an MLS Cup last winter.

“It’s been mostly the support system around me,” Rogers, 28, said of his success. “I have a great family and friends. The Galaxy has been absolutely amazing with me.”

The team stood aside as Rogers delved into fashion, wrote an autobiography and signed on to produce a single-camera sitcom, “Men in Shorts,” inspired by his soccer experiences, for ABC. Bruce Arena, the Galaxy’s coach, and Dan Beckerman, chief executive of AEG, the Galaxy’s parent company, were generous in giving Rogers the support he desired.

“There’s an owner in Los Angeles who said, ‘I am going to be the Branch Rickey of Major League Soccer and we are going to have a gay player on our team,'” Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of the gay sports website, said in likening Beckerman to the Dodgers general manager who signed Jackie Robinson, major league baseball’s first African American player.

“What has to happen with these other leagues is they need that same Branch Rickey-type owner or general manager. The guys in the suits are the difference now. Teammates don’t care.”

Rogers isn’t so sure. The decision to come out is a personal one, he said, so it would be difficult for teams to actively recruit gay athletes.

“I had to kind of find that courage and become comfortable with myself before I was willing to share that with other people. And I’m sure that’s the case with a lot of other athletes,” he said.

That comfort already exists in women’s sports, where sexual orientation has ceased to be a major issue. Sheryl Swoopes, a three-time MVP in the WNBA, is gay, as is Brittney Griner, one of the league’s current marquee players. In soccer, Jill Ellis, who coached the U.S. to a World Cup title last month, is gay, as are many players on her team.

Rogers says MLS is approaching that level of acceptance and he’s hopeful other leagues will follow.

“These guys aren’t treating me any differently, so why I am thinking of myself differently?” he said.

LGBT Sports Leagues Thriving In N.C. After HB2

LGBT sports leagues thriving in N.C. after HB2

Last August, the Washington Blade reported on the successful launch of Stonewall Sports franchises in two small cities in North Carolina. Their success, despite having small populations, was a result of good leadership and community support.

Earlier this year, North Carolina passed a law known as HB2 that strikes down local LGBT anti-discrimination laws. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has repeatedly defended the law, which is being challenged in court.

The effects are wide-ranging and include banning transgender people from accessing restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity and blocking local governments from protecting LGBT people against discrimination in a variety of areas. (Click here to continue reading)