The NCAA is moving seven of its championship events out of the state in protest of HB-2, the so-called “bathroom bill”.
HB-2 requires transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates in government buildings, removes state anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community, and blocks local governments from expanding those protections.
“It’s embarrassing for our state that this has happened and what our state has going through,” Duke University Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday, adding “Our image is being tarnished.”
Duke, renowned for its basketball program, is one of several Division One schools in the state taking a huge hit.
“I wish that the law had not been passed,” says Duke University President Richard Broadhead. “I wish it would be repealed, and I think that the NCAA looking at this, decided that this was just something they couldn’t swallow.”
In its statement, the NCAA says its decision is consistent with its core values of inclusion and creating a culture of fairness.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory released a statement late Tuesday afternoon, stating the issue will be decided by the courts and encouraging other organizations to “respect and allow our nations judicial system to proceed without economic threats” and “Sadly, the NCAA, a multi-billion dollar, tax-exempt monopoly, failed to show this respect at the expense of our student athletes and hard-working men and women.”
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