In what undoubtedly will be seen as a controversial move, Texans owner Bob McNair donated $10,000 this week to a group advocating against LGBTQ rights.
The donation comes at a time when the NFL has been publicly promoting acceptance of gay players, particularly after Michael Sam, the league's first openly gay player, was drafted last year.
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McNair's contribution went to The Campaign for Houston, a group that is opposing a proposition called Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). The ordinance would prohibit discrimination in the city based on race, gender, sexual orientation, age and a number of other factors.
A Campaign for Houston spokesman, Jared Woodfill, confirmed the donation Friday.
"We're very excited," Woodfill said. "Obviously it speaks volumes to the support we have if a hero like McNair is contributing to our campaign."
The group has called the proposed ordinance "an attack on the traditional family." Proposition 1 goes to a vote Nov. 3.
The 78-year-old McNair has been the Texans' owner since their inception and has an estimated net worth of $3.3 billion.