Last week, Albany canceled a scheduled non-conference game against Duke due to New York State’s imposed North Carolina travel ban, which was issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo as a reaction to the state’s House Bill 2.
HB2, which was signed earlier this year by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, states that transgender people must use the bathroom that corresponds with their birth gender. It also disallows gay, lesbian and transgender people from suing on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation in state courts.
Today, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was one of several North Carolina coaches to criticize HB2 in a story by USA TODAY Sports. NC State head coach Mark Gottfried was also quoted.
“It’s an embarrassing bill,” Krzyzewski told USA TODAY Sports. “That’s all I’m going to say about it.”
North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried said he was “appalled” by the bill and is embarrassed when he goes on recruiting visits and parents ask about it.
“I’m against any law that allows discrimination, whether that’s based on race, gender, sexual orientation,” Gottfried told USA TODAY Sports. “I don’t understand how someone can support this. I think the people at N.C. State, we believe in inclusion. Being a resident of the state, for me and my family, it’s been frustrating.”
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams also spoke out against HB2 back in late March. It goes without saying that seeing public figures of Krzyzewski, Williams and Gottfried’s stature make statements like these has a powerful effect.
It will be interesting moving forward if there is more fallout in the world of college athletics surrounding this bill.
[ USA TODAY ]