Here’s the feud between the NCAA and North Carolina — explained
On Monday night, the NCAA (the National Collegiate Athletics Association) announced it planned to relocate the seven national championships set in North Carolina out of the state in response to HB2 -- the new law restricting which public bathrooms transgender people can use.
(For more about the bill itself, you can check out our previous coverage here.)
The NCAA said in a public notice on Monday:
"The Board of Governors emphasized that NCAA championships and events must promote an inclusive atmosphere for all college athletes, coaches, administrators and fans. Current North Carolina state laws make it challenging to guarantee that host communities can help deliver on that commitment if NCAA events remained in the state."
The North Carolina Republican Party fired back, however. The spokesperson for the state's party, Kami Mueller, said:
"This is so absurd it's almost comical. 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. This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have women's bathrooms and locker rooms, how do you have a women's team?
She concluded her statement by saying:
"I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor. Perhaps the NCAA should stop with their political peacocking — and instead focus their energies on making sure our nation's collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field."
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Allison is originally from Fresno, California, but made her way to the beautiful Central Coast, where she is a student at UC Santa Cruz, earning a degree in both history and politics, working as a reporter for City on a Hill Press, and guzzling gallons of coffee. She is a lover of television and all things Amy Poehler. Follow her embarrassing attempts at jokes on Twitter @alleyrenee16.