A day after the NCAA announced it would pull seven championship games from North Carolina because of the discriminatory nature of House Bill 2, Gov. McCrory issued a statement Tuesday saying it was a matter for the courts to decide:
“The issue of redefining gender and basic norms of privacy will be resolved in the near future in the United States court system for not only North Carolina, but the entire nation. I strongly encourage all public and private institutions to both respect and allow our nation’s judicial system to proceed without economic threats or political retaliation toward the 22 states that are currently challenging government overreach. Sadly, the NCAA, a multi-billion dollar, tax-exempt monopoly, failed to show this respect at the expense of our student athletes and hard-working men and women.”
And while the issue may very well be resolved ‘in the near future’ at least one Republican state legislator doesn’t want to wait any longer.
“With the most recent announcements impacting our state, there are simply too many examples of very sad and unfortunate ramifications and unintended effects of HB2.
I do not want men or boys legally to be able to share the same locker rooms or bathrooms with my 16-year-old daughter and her classmates or teammates. However, if we want to preserve the proud heritage of North Carolina, it is time for our leadership to consider a substantial and immediate repeal of HB2.”
Barringer represents a portion of Cary, which will be losing four NCAA championship events. Cary has pegged that loss at $2 million.
Greensboro has placed the loss of NCAA events in their city at $17 million.