The NCAA announced yesterday that it has relocated seven championship events — including early rounds of the men’s basketball tournament scheduled for Greensboro — because of a controversial state law, HB2. HB2 blocks anti-discrimination protections and requires people to use bathrooms corresponding to their birth gender rather than the sex they identify with. Two schools with perhaps the most on the line, Duke and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, both have released public statements supporting the NCAA’s decision. Duke’s Athletic Director Kevin White saying, “We agree with the NCAA’s decision. We deplore any efforts to deprive individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, of legal protections and rights.
North Carolina Republican Party Spokesperson Kami Mueller, called the NCAA decision “absurd” and “almost comical.” This development is critical at a time when NC Governor, Pat McCrory, who signed bill HB2, is seeking reelection.