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ACC Basketball tournament pulls out of NC

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Daniel Johnson
  Sports Editor

The dictionary defines common sense as “the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and make good decisions.” It’s common sense to eat something when you are hungry. It’s common sense to lock your car door in downtown Greensboro at night. And it’s common sense to make alter a decision based off new information or noticing the decision has not been working the way you hope.   

“As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination.” “Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.”

This was the statement issued by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Council of Presidents. What is starting to become an everyday happening here in North Carolina over the past five months, another event has been pulled out the state in protest because of House Bill 2. Seven championship tournaments that were to be played in North Carolina are now moved to neutral sites. One of the seven, the first and second round of the men’s Division I Basketball tournament, was being played here in Greensboro at the Coliseum.

Last April, Bruce Springsteen got this Carolina HB2 Exodus up and going when he cancelled his Sunday, April 10th Coliseum concert two days prior to the concert. I remember because I had tickets to go there with my brother for my birthday. The NBA have already moved the upcoming NBA All-Star Game from my hometown of Charlotte to New Orleans. And with this past removal, five months out from the law’s inception, you would think that at there would be at least a review of the law. Instead, the average response to events being moved or cancelled sound like NC Republican Party Spokeswoman Kami Mueller.

“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?

“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.”

You know, you have to work really hard to make me side with the NCAA on an issue. The kind of work that requires a cool, refreshing lemonade and sun chair with an umbrella afterwards. A misplaced and inappropriate comparison between HB2 and the Baylor rape scandal, completely ignoring the Transgender and LGBT Community who are the most affected by the Bill, and calling the decision to move a few games “an assault to female athletes”, has me seriously question the line of thought to get to this statement from Ms. Mueller.

What good does HB2 do? According to Facingsouth.org, about 200 millions dollars in revenue has been lost because of the Bill. The state has been in the media spotlight for the past month for a Bill that has been called the one of the most LGBT discriminatory laws in the country. Business like Paypal, Deutsche Bank, Lionsgate, and many others have already taken jobs or their business ventures out of the state. The ACC tournament is only a raindrop in a hurricane right now and based on statements from the Kami Muellers of the NC Government, the storm is going to continue for a while. By the end the year, NASCAR will be the only sport that is played in North Carolina and Ted Nugent will be the only musician to play in the state.    

HB2 has been called by supporters as a “common sense legislation,” but real common sense would say after 200 million dollars in lost revenue and businesses halting job and building production that the new law has had more negative than positive effects on the state.

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