In protest of Florida's HB1557 legislation, ESPN broadcasters interrupted their regular half-time commentary on a woman's NCAA basketball game on Friday to voice their opinions on the bill.
The announcers, Courtney Lyle and Carolyn Peck, mentioned their support for the "LGBTQIA+ teammates at Disney" in their opposition to the bill, which was passed on March 8.
"There are things bigger than basketball that need to be addressed at this time," Lyle started in, as soon as it was half-time. "Our friends, our family, our coworkers, the players, and coaches in this community are hurting right now."
"At 3:00, about eight minutes ago, our LGBTQIA+ teammates at Disney asked for our solidarity and support, including our company's support in opposition to the Parental Rights in Education bill in the state of Florida and similar legislature across the United States."
"A threat to any human rights is a threat to all human rights," concurred Peck, then asking the audience for a moment of silence in order to "show our love and support for our friends, our families, and our colleagues."
The game, once it resumed at the beginning of the second half, was then shown for a full two minutes without commentary.
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