posted Mar 24, 2017, 7:54 AM by PHS Warrior Beat   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 7:56 AM ]

By: Dani Batze

NCAA defends their original stance against North Carolina’s HB2 law and promises to not hold any of its college sports championship events in North Carolina for at least the next five years if the state’s legislature fails to repeal the anti-transgender law it passed last year.

    The HB2 is “a law that prohibits localities from enacting laws to protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and required that students at North Carolina schools use bathrooms matching their gender assignment at birth,” according to Huffington Post.


 This law passed last year in North Carolina and since its passage, the NCAA had moved seven championship events, including men’s NCAA basketball tournament games. The most recent game moved was a second-round game of the NCAA Tournament last week between Duke and South Carolina. Huffington Post reports that, “The game would have been played in Greensboro, but the NCAA moved it to Greenville, South Carolina, because of HB2.”


This law is also affecting the selection of other hosting events. Huffington Post reports that, “Next week, the NCAA will begin selecting the hosts of championship events that will be held between 2018 and 2022. North Carolina cities have submitted bids for many of those events. But if the state doesn’t repeal HB2 soon, it won’t win hosting rights for any of them.”

    In a recent statement from the NCAA, their reasoning is to “assure a safe, healthy, discrimination free atmosphere for all those watching and participating in our events.”

    Along with the NCAA boycotting North Carolina to host events, “the Atlantic Coast Conference relocated its championships from the state, and the NBA moved its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans,” reported Huffington Post.

    The Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper (D), in a recent statement said, “Today marks a dark anniversary for our state. For one year now, HB 2 has harmed our reputation and cost our economy thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars….I have offered numerous compromises and remain open to any deal that will bring jobs and sports back to North Carolina and begin to repair our reputation.”

    Along with Cooper, Mike Krzyzewski (Duke men’s basketball coach) and North Carolina coach Roy Williams, disagree with the HB2. Krzyzewski stated “Look, it’s a stupid thing. That’s my political statement. If I was president or governor I’d get rid of it.” And Williams had a similar stance, stating, “It should be about what’s right and wrong. And what we have now is wrong.”

    Hopefully, this stance of these public figures and associations against the state will push the North Carolina state Senate to work on a repeal against the HB2 in the future.


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