Nathan Deal may get pressure from outside parties about the religious liberty bill awaiting his signature, but it won’t come from the College Football Playoff folks or Greg Sankey. At least not yet:
The College Football Playoff said Monday it opposes discrimination but will allow others to best decide whether a controversial religious freedom bill in Georgia becomes law. The SEC said it’s “attentive” to what’s happening in the state where it holds its football championship game…
“We deplore discrimination wherever it occurs and note that there is a public debate about this matter and its implications, as well as whether or not it will become law,” College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement to CBS Sports. “We will keep an eye on this, but our group’s focus is on sports and public policy matters are better left to the experts and voters to resolve.”
Translation: please, governor, veto this bill so we don’t have to show our ass either way.
Real profile in courage there, Bill.
Sankey’s statement is a couple of degrees warmer…
“Our conference championship events are an extension of our universities which are places of diversity and opportunity,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “We are attentive to this legislative matter as we continue our policy of considering numerous factors in determining sites for our championship events.”
… but more of the same. He’ll wait to see which way the prevailing winds are blowing before making a decision one way or the other. It would just be a heckuva lot more convenient if he never has to make one in the first place.
I guess that’s why they pay these guys the big bucks.