Two ESPN announcers suspended coverage of the women’s basketball game in protest Florida‘s “Don’t talk about gays”.

To start the second half of the game between South Carolina and Howard, representatives of the sports network Carolyn Peck and Courtney Lyle instead spoke of their solidarity with Disney staff over Bill 157 of the House of Florida. ESPN has owned Disney since 1996.

“Usually at this time we look back on the first half,” Lyle said instead of presenting the action in the second half.

“But there are things bigger than basketball that need to be tackled at this time. Our friends, our family, our colleagues – the players and coaches in our community are suffering now. “

She said they were acting in support of “our LGBTQ + teammates at Disney” who “asked for our solidarity and support” in opposing the controversial legislation.

Peck then announced that the broadcast would take a minute of silence.

“A threat to all human rights is a threat to all human rights,” Peck said.

“At this time, Courtney and I will pause on the air to show our love and support to friends, family and colleagues.”

When the game started, two minutes refused to comment on the move.

“We love our teammates. We support our teammates. We are one, ”Lyle said when the couple ended their silence.

“Absolutely,” said Peck.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek has been harshly criticized by company employees after refusing to publicly condemn the bill.

Four days later, he apologized publicly for taking the position on behalf of Florida’s largest private employer.

“I really believe that we are infinitely better and stronger company thanks to our LGBTQ + community,” he wrote.

“In this case, I missed the target, but I am an ally you can count on, and I will be an outspoken champion for the defense, visibility and opportunities you deserve.”

Disney staff continue to publicly criticize the executive branch and have made a number of outings.

The bill prohibits “teaching school staff or third parties sexual orientation or gender identity” in kindergarten until third grade and allows parents to sue school districts.

The state legislature has already passed the bill, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has said he will sign it when it comes to his desk.

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