Mayor Parker speaks on McNair's decision to pull anti-HERO contribution

By Lauren Freeman - Anchor

HOUSTON - Mayor Annise Parker spoke about the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair's reversal on a contribution to a group opposing Houston's equal rights ordinance Tuesday.

Last week KPRC 2 reported that McNair made a hefty donation to a group called the Campaign for Houston - a conservative group opposed to Houston's equal rights ordinance.

But McNair quickly pulled the $10,000 donation to Campaign for Houston after receiving immense criticism and now the mayor is talking about that decision.

After the donation, McNair accused the Campaign for Houston of using his name without permission in several statements about his opposition to HERO and withdrew the donation.

Parker alluded to his contribution Tuesday and whether it could affect the 2017 Super Bowl.

"No one has ever threatened the Super Bowl and certainly no one who loves the city of Houston would do that," Parker said. "But I know it's a significant for any major league to bring an event to a city that takes a public position that endorses bigotry."

The mayor said the ordinance impacts how Houston is viewed around the world.

"It has to do with how we treat people in this city and the fact that it's a comprehensive ordinance that covers 15 different categories," Parker said.

She said she has not talked directly to McNair since he withdrew the donation, but said she would like to thank him.

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