NCAA Agrees to Consider North Carolina After House Bill 2 Repeal
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 18:19
On Tuesday, trans athlete Chris Mosier responded to North Carolina's revision of HB2, a bill formally requiring people to enter multi-occupancy bathrooms and locker rooms according to the sex written on their birth certificates.
North Carolina lawmakers finally caved under the thumb of the NCAA when it repealed HB2, otherwise known as the "bathroom bill", last week. The NCAA said the new law "meets the minimal NCAA requirements" while expressing some concerns about provisions within it.
Last year's game was scheduled for Charlotte, but the law forced the ACC to move the game to Orlando, Fla., a move the conference has said will not be repeated this year as the championship game returns to North Carolina's largest city. Some see legislator supporters and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper as willing participants in being bullied.
Last week, a compromise was reached and passed by both the Senate and the House, welcoming HB142.
The NCAA said Tuesday that "as with most compromises, this new law is far from ideal". "Further, outside of bathroom facilities, the new law allows our campuses to maintain their own policies against discrimination, including protecting LGBTQ rights, and allows cities' existing nondiscrimination ordinances, including LBGTQ protections, to remain effective". If the situation changes, the organization said it "will not hesitate to take necessary action at any time".
If the NCAA had pulled away from North Carolina, like it did for years when SC staunchly continued flying the Confederate flag, it would've sent a message that fair and equal treatment take precedence over championships and hosting privileges.
On the other side, conservatives feel bullied by the NCAA for HB2's repeal in the first place.
Other sporting events moved from the state include the NBA All-Star game, which was relocated to New Orleans.
But despite the backlash, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which makes about $1 billion a year in revenue, said its board of governors had "reluctantly" overturned its prohibition. In total, North Carolina submitted 133 bids for hosting NCAA championship events beginning academic year 2018-19 through academic year 2021-22.
But Cooper has said the new law was the best compromise he could get given the Republicans' veto-proof majorities in the legislature.
"I was really upset when I heard about North Carolina", Mosier said in the video. "It's simply another version of HB2 dressed up in a way desperate lawmakers hope will save state's economy", tweeted Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.
Rep. Ed Hanes, D-Forsyth, said the NCAA had made it clear they it expects more from the state on the issue in the future.