The National Collegiate Athletic Association has ended the boycott over the state, after the controversial “HB2” bathroom law was “repealed,” and the NCAA publicly announced that Greensboro, North Carolina would host the regional games in 2019, and the first and second rounds men’s basketball games in 2020. Organizations are outraged with the NCAA for carelessly ending their boycott of the state that still has discrimination on the books.
Civil liberty organizations say and that the NCAA should continue to boycott until the law is fully repealed and not just edited in a backroom deal. HB142, the bill that replaced HB2 is another law that prohibits people from using restrooms that coincide with their gender identity, and doesn’t end discrimination. The ACLU Advocacy and Policy counsel argue that the new law “has the potential to set a dangerous precedent for other states if powerful organizations like the NCAA give them their blessing,”
The NCAA admits the new law is far from perfect, and has taken steps to ensure that fans and players are protected from discrimination when attending games in North Carolina. The NCAA is now requiring all sites awarded championships to submit documentation detailing how student athletes and fans would be protected from discrimination.
“While the new law meets the minimal NCAA requirements, the board remains concerned that some may perceive North Carolina’s moratorium against affording opportunities for communities to extend basic civil rights as a signal that discriminatory behavior is permitted and acceptable, which is inconsistent with the NCAA Bylaws,” stated the NCAA.
According to the HRC: “The NCAA has fallen ‘hook, line, and sinker’ for this ‘bait and switch’ sham ‘deal’ doubling down on discrimination,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “Even worse, the NCAA has inexcusably gone back on its promise to ensure all championship games are held in locations that are safe, respectful, and free of discrimination. By rewarding North Carolina with championship games, the NCAA has undermined its credibility and is sending a dangerous message to lawmakers across the country who are targeting LGBTQ people with discriminatory state legislation. In addition to protecting the broader LGBTQ community, the NCAA needs to clearly state how they will be protecting their student athletes, personnel and fans.”