North Carolina is losing the NCAA tournament. The NCAA announced on Monday that the seven championships scheduled in the state during this academic year, including NCAA men’s basketball tournament games in Greensboro, would be relocated because of House Bill 2, better known as HB2.
Here’s some of the latest reaction:
NC Republican party spokeswoman Kami Mueller:
“This is so absurd it’s almost comical. I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular unisex teams. Under the NCAA’s logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms. This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have women's bathrooms and locker rooms, how do you have a women's team? I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor. Perhaps the NCAA should stop with their political peacocking and instead focus their energies on making sure our nations collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field."
Duke Athletic Director Kevin White:
“We agree with the NCAA’s decision. Our position has been clear on this matter, which is that this legislation is discriminatory, troubling and embarrassing. We will always be committed to diversity and inclusion and applaud any efforts to ensure that those values are protected and enacted at all times, and in all places in the state of North Carolina.”
Ford Porter, a spokesman for Roy Cooper, NC Democratic gubernatorial candidate:
“It seems that almost every day, we learn of a new consequence of HB2. Hosting the NCAA championship events has long been a point of pride for North Carolina. These tournaments pump money into our economy and give our communities and fans a chance to showcase our incredible tradition of college sports. Now, our ability to host these events at the highest level has been eliminated because of Governor McCrory and HB2.”
NC Values Coalition Statement:
“The NCAA is punishing the State of North Carolina because it dares to stand up for the common-sense notion that everyone has a right to privacy, decency, and safety in bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms. The NCAA is guilty of extreme hypocrisy—while it bullies the people of North Carolina to allow boys in the girls’ locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, it prohibits boys from playing on the girls’ sports teams. Twenty-four states have sued the federal government over the very mandate that the NCAA is now trying to force on the people of North Carolina.”
Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, whose town lost the opportunity to host four NCAA championships.
“I am extremely disappointed with this news,” he said. “We are no longer viewed as a progressive state but a backwards one which is a disservice to the citizens of North Carolina. We will lose millions of dollars in economic benefit locally.
“We are currently viewed as a discriminatory state by the many businesses who have decided not to consider us in their future plans. Now the NCAA has been added to that list.”