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Tony Dungy promotes false story about students identifying as cats, seemingly to discredit LGBTQ people

Tony Dungy says schools provide litter boxes for students identifying as cats. He is a current NBC Sports analyst.

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Tony Dungy has been an NFL analyst on NBC Sports for years, as he’s also talked negatively about the LGBTQ community.
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Is Tony Dungy trying to get fired?

It’s a question worth asking in the aftermath of his tweet Wednesday, in which the NFL Hall of Fame coach and current NBC analyst promoted a false narrative about students identifying as cats, and schools providing litter boxes for them in place of a bathroom.

The repugnant lie has been an online far right-wing talking point for months, and is intended to discredit LGBTQ people.

In response to a Daily Wire story about a Minnesota state legislator pushing for schools to provide students in grades 4 through 12 with access to menstrual products in the bathroom, Dungy tweeted the following:

“That’s nothing. Some school districts are putting litter boxes in the school bathrooms for the students who identify as cats. Very important to address every student’s needs.”

While Dungy has a long history of promoting anti-LGBTQ views, which Outsports covered last week in a two-part series, this tweet is the most radical and extreme statement he’s ever made publicly.

Unlike previous statements against same-sex marriage, Dungy can’t say he’s spouting his religious views. There’s no hiding with this one: Dungy shared a disgusting anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theory.

In other words, Dungy is acting like an outright bigot. And as of now, you can watch him this weekend on NBC’s NFL playoff coverage.