North Carolina‘s controversial HB2 continues to hit them in the pockets. The NCAA has announced that they are pulling all championship events from the state until it’s government repeals the law.
In a statement released on Monday, the NCAA said they are relocating seven of their planned championship events, citing that the HB2 law better known as the “bathroom law” is discriminatory.
Based on the NCAA’s commitment to fairness and inclusion, the Association will relocate all seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year. The NCAA Board of Governors made this decision because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.
In its decision Monday, the Board of Governors emphasized that NCAA championships and events must promote an inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators and fans. Current North Carolina state laws make it challenging to guarantee that host communities can help deliver on that commitment if NCAA events remained in the state, the board said.
“Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.”
The seven events include men and women’s baseball, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis championships. But the biggest hit will be felt from the first two rounds of the Division I Men’s basketball championship tournament aka “March Madness” being relocated. North Carolina‘s biggest sports schools, Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have both come out in support of the ban.
North Carolina has also lost out on the 2017 NBA All-Star Game over the law.
However, North Carolina’s Republican Party spokesperson Kami Mueller isn’t here for it.
“I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams,” she said in a statement. “Under the NCAA’s logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms.”