North Carolina governor Pat McCrory and the state of North Carolina get burnt again.
The governor responded to the NCAA’s decision to relocate all seven awarded championship events from North Carolina amid the 2016-17 academic year. The association released the following statement:
“The NCAA Board of Governors made this decision because of the ‘cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.’ Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” Mark Emmert, NCAA president said. “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.”
Then, the GOP Gov. responded:
The issue of redefining gender and basic norms of privacy will be resolved in the near future in the United States court system for not only North Carolina, but the entire nation,” McCrory said. “I strongly encourage all public and private institutions to both respect and allow our nation’s judicial system to proceed without economic threats or political retaliation toward the 22 states that are currently challenging government overreach. Sadly, the NCAA, multi-billion dollar, tax-exempt monopoly, failed to show this respect at the expense of our student athletes and hard-working men and women.”
On Monday night McCrory said the decision “was so absurd it’s almost comical.”
The decision comes on the heels of the NBA moving the all-star game from Charlotte to New Orleans because of the law that rids of anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
McCrory is acting disingenuous if he thinks the NBA and NCAA will let their money-making events entertain in a state that votes for such a law. In order for these money-generating events to come back to the state, he should find a way to vote for another kind of law, one that equates all people to human beings.