Arizona Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald says he's glad Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1026. In a report by USA TODAY Sports on March 1, Fitzgerald also states that he wasn't concerned that the NFL would take the Super Bowl out of Arizona, because he had faith that the controversial bill wouldn't be signed into law.
Although he is disappointed that the bill passed the Senate and got that far, he never believed it had a chance.
"I didn't think there was any chance it was going to go through," Fitzgerald told USA TODAY Sports. "I had a strong feeling it would've been vetoed. It's good that it was, obviously. With the Super Bowl coming or any (event) like that, I think it just doesn't have any place in our society. I'm happy that it's behind us now."
The controversial bill drew criticism nationwide because it was considered to by anti-gay and discriminatory. SB 1062 would've allowed businesses the right to refuse service to gays and other groups based on religious beliefs. Arizona sports teams spoke out against the bill and the NFL threatened to remove the Super Bowl from the state if the governor signed the bill. After hearing the loud outcry along with the potential negative affects the law could have on the state's economy, Brewer announced on Wednesday that she vetoed the bill.
Larry Fitzgerald is happy that the community can now focus on Super Bowl XLIX, which will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium. He is glad because he is against any form of discrimination and it also means that his team could get the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl at home.
"It's fun. It's going to be great for our community. It'll generate some revenue for our state, and obviously, it gives us a chance to play at home, too. It's a lot of great opportunities that present themselves."
This is one case where politics mixing with sports had an end result of something positive. Furthermore, it sends a strong message of inclusion and a readiness to move away from discrimination of any kind.