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NAACP president Derrick Johnson urged all pro free agents, in a letter sent to all major players associations on Thursday, to avoid signing with any team in Texas.

“As we watch an incomprehensible assault on basic human rights unfold in Texas, we are simultaneously witnessing a threat to constitutional guarantees for women, children, and marginalized communities,” Johnson and NAACP Texas president Gary Bledsoe wrote to the players associations for the NFL, WNBA, NBA, MLB, and NHL. “We must stand up for what is right and protect our loved ones from the dangerous attacks on freedoms taking place in Texas.”

The NAACP specifically cites Texas’ effective six-week abortion ban, its recently enacted voting restrictions, Gov. Greg Abbott’s ® battles to ban COVID-19 masking and vaccine requirements, and the newly signed congressional district maps.

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