North Carolina had to know this was coming.
Basketball-crazed North Carolina has lost its next chance to host NCAA men’s basketball tournament games along with several other championship events due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.
And the fallout may not be over.
After the NCAA announced it is pulling seven championship events from North Carolina for this year, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford – whose league hosts many sporting events in the state, including its football championship game – said the ACC’s council of presidents were set to discuss the law at a previously scheduled meeting later this week.
Without NCAA cover, you’d expect the ACC to follow in its footsteps. Banning the ACC basketball tourney from the state, even the watered down version that exists today, is gonna sting.
The cognitive dissonance in the corner of the law’s defenders is about what you’d expect.
Of course, he might be complaining about more than just who’s going to which bathroom with that.
HB2 was signed into law by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory earlier this year. A spokesman with McCrory’s office couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Monday evening, but a spokeswoman with the state Republican party blasted the NCAA’s decision in a statement, saying it is “so absurd it’s almost comical.”
“I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor,” spokeswoman Kami Mueller said Monday night.
I bet you do, girl. It’s probably a coincidence that I can’t find a single other public utterance of your concern about what happened at Baylor.
But now that you mention it, Baylor canned its president, AD and head coach in the wake of its scandal. What’s North Carolina got to offer to get the NCAA off its back?