The political quagmire surrounding the recent PR disaster for the State of Indiana that is the passing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has forced businesses to react to the perception that the law could cause discrimination for the LGBT community by short-sighted business owners.
The Simon family and the Pacers/Fever organization made it clear they have no such intentions after sliding out a release on Saturday evening.
NEW YORK, March 28, 2015 - The following joint statement was issued today by the NBA, WNBA, Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever in regard to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act recently signed into law in Indiana:
"The game of basketball is grounded in long established principles of inclusion and mutual respect. We will continue to ensure that all fans, players and employees feel welcome at all NBA and WNBA events in Indiana and elsewhere."
Additionally, Pacers and Fever owner Herb Simon stated:
"The Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and Bankers Life Fieldhouse have the strongest possible commitment to inclusion and non-discrimination on any basis. Everyone is always welcome at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. That has always been the policy from the very beginning of the Simon family's involvement and it always will be. "