NCAA punishes North Carolina for ‘bathroom bill’

Transgenderism | College sports governing body votes to relocate seven college championship events
by Evan Wilt
Posted 9/13/16, 12:53 pm

The NCAA announced Monday it will remove seven championship events slated for North Carolina because of the state’s controversial restroom law.

“Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans, and everyone taking part in our championships.”

The NCAA Board of Governors made the decision to move the 2016-17 contests, which include the Division I Women’s Soccer Championship in Cary, and first and second round NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games in Greensboro, because it cannot support North Carolina’s “discriminatory” restroom policy.

In March, North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature adopted legislation to block a Charlotte ordinance that would have allowed anyone to use any restroom or locker room of their choice, regardless of their biological sex. The bill, known as HB2, requires persons use the restroom or locker room facilities that correspond with the gender on their birth certificates.

In the months since, North Carolina has become a battleground for transgender acceptance, with lawsuits and political attacks from the LGBT community.

The NCAA stated in a press release Monday its events must promote an inclusive atmosphere for everyone, claiming HB2 raises unique challenges to continuing that tradition.

The college sports governing body claims HB2 grants opportunity for officials to discriminate against the LGBT community and pointed to the non-essential travel bans issued by five different states against North Carolina because of the law.

The only championship events hosted in North Carolina this academic year will be those student-athletes earn the opportunity to play on their own campuses. NCAA officials will find other locations for all other championship events until further notice.

Gov. Pat McCrory did not immediately respond to the NCAA’s decision, but the state’s Republican Party released a strongly worded statement calling it an assault on female athletes across the nation.

“This is so absurd it’s almost comical,” said spokeswoman Kami Mueller. “I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams. Under the NCAA’s logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers, and hotel rooms.”

The move by the NCAA follows a trend of other groups trying to punish North Carolina because of HB2.

Since McCrory signed the bill into law, several corporations decided to postpone or cancel expansions in the state. Some big-name musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, canceled shows. In July, the NBA decided to relocate its annual All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans.

McCrory is up for reelection in November and his opponent, state Attorney General Roy Cooper, has used the controversy to vilify the governor, saying his stance has cost North Carolina millions in economic benefit.

But throughout the process, McCrory has stuck by his decision, claiming HB2 is a common-sense law that protects women and children in intimate settings.

“Are we really talking about this?” McCrory asked in a recent campaign ad. “Does the desire to be politically correct outweigh our children’s privacy and safety? Not on my watch.”

Evan Wilt

Evan is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Washington, D.C.

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  • Laneygirl's picture
    Posted: Tue, 09/13/2016 01:37 pm

    I'm with spokeswoman Kami Mueller! Yes! Merge all sports teams into unisex so there is NO "DISCRIMINATION" WHATSOEVER.

  • AlanE
    Posted: Tue, 09/13/2016 02:32 pm

    You know, I think the harder they push against North Carolina, the less important all those playoff games become. And, maybe a few fans will start asking themselves where their own priorities really ought to be. At least we can hope.


  • MamaC
    Posted: Tue, 09/13/2016 03:00 pm

    Sounds like now is the perfect time to plan a vacation to NC!

  • VO
    Posted: Wed, 09/14/2016 08:29 pm

    That's what I'm thinking!!


  • Slava Tebje Gospodi
    Posted: Tue, 09/13/2016 03:02 pm

    The irony of all this is that Title IX was in part written so that women would have opportunities to compete in sports. With the new interpretation, women's teams will eventually be overrun with biological males and again women will lose their opportunities. You would think that women's lib groups would be fighting this rather than endorsing it.

  •  austinbeartux's picture
    Posted: Tue, 09/13/2016 04:12 pm

    For a complete list of the 100% asinine NCAA Board of Directors who made this decision, who elevated this issue above all its other important priorities, see here:

  • mrjdubb
    Posted: Tue, 09/13/2016 05:33 pm

    Progressives like the NCAA refuse to do business in a state they find conflicts with their morals and yet chastise and sue businesses that refuse to do business with those that conflict with their morals.  The epitome of hypocrisy.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Wed, 09/14/2016 04:36 am

    Now will Christians (and all those who truly care for gender dysphoric people) stand up and start (or simply sign) a petition, boycott the NCAA or do something to stand up to this madness?  Or do we care only about being entertained?

  • SueQ's picture
    Posted: Wed, 09/14/2016 06:44 am

    The priorities of many people, in this time, when a few misguided people are causing chaos in the world, do neeed to change. Professing Christians are doing a poor job of standing up for "logic" and for the Word of God. The fabric of our nation is rapidly becoming a patchwork of rags. The values of the whole society seems to have changed very rapidly. In fact, the agenda has been puffing away since the incident of original sin. Sin is not a topic of conversation in most churches. Satan is working overtime to present as the False Shepherd.

    Isaiah 53:6

    All we like sheep have gone astraywe have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Bible Gateway)

    Christ, the rejected one, has been put aside by most. Only some sheep will hear the voice of the Shepherd. The Shepherd ,who loves us regardless of gender, skin color, wealth,education,etc., calls us to the fold. He calls us to still waters and green pastures. It iis He who restores our souls. It is his He, who our iniquity has born, loves us, in spite of our sinful nature. We, like sheep, do not know what is best for us. We need to turn to the Shepherd during times of crisis.

    I am sorry for the controversy in North Carolina. I hope they continue to hold their ground against illogical ideas, with the help of our powerful God! May God bless them for their stand.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Wed, 09/14/2016 07:25 pm

    Thanks, SueQ, for your post.  Let us pray for repentance and revival in the church.

  • JDC
    Posted: Wed, 09/14/2016 06:39 pm

    What's wrong with requiring people to use the restroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate?