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Majority of D-1 NCAA Basketball Coaches Denounce North Carolina’s Discriminatory HB2

by Hayley Miller August 10, 2016

In a questionnaire for CBS Sports, a majority of D-1 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) coaches who responded agreed that the NCAA should ban future tournaments in North Carolina until HB2 is repealed.

CBS Sports reporters Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander asked 110 D-1 coaches across the country: “Should the NCAA refuse to host any more NCAA tournament games in North Carolina until the HB2 law is amended or eradicated?” Fifty-six percent of respondents answered, “yes."

“Norlander added that ‘a number of North Carolina-based head coaches told me they believe the NCAAT should leave NC until HB2 is changed,’” the Charlotte Observer reported.

The NCAA is not the only sports organization to speak out against the vile law. In July, the NBA stood up to North Carolina lawmakers who refused to repeal HB2 by pulling its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte. Despite the NBA’s repeated warnings that it would have to consider moving the high-profile game out of the state if the anti-LGBTQ law was not repealed, the state’s General Assembly shamefully adjourned after 100 days of inaction earlier this month.

A day after the NBA pulled the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, the NCAA also took a decisive step. It announced that all cities bidding to host championship games must submit a survey detailing their non-discrimination laws and policies.

The state’s General Assembly adjourned its short session last month after refusing to fully repeal the discriminatory law, and it is not scheduled to reconvene until January -- leaving tens of thousands of people at risk in the interim.

According to a Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll released today, 58 percent of North Carolinians believe HB2 is hurting the state’s economy.

“When we last polled that (economy) question in June only 49 percent thought it was hurting the state's economy so the high profile cancellation of the NBA All Star game may be helping to fuel those numbers,” PPP reported.

Despite widespread opposition to the law, the General Assembly has been unwilling to even consider repealing the anti-LGBTQ components of the law, including its ban on transgender people accessing restrooms consistent with their gender identity in government offices and schools, and removal of municipalities’ ability to pass LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination laws.

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