What’s the NCAA going to do about anti-gay bigotry in Indiana?
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation the other day that gives businesses in his state the right to not provide service to gay and lesbian couples based on “religious freedom.”
Negative reaction to the measure has been widespread among corporations and individuals. Some organizations have said they not hold meetings or conventions in Indiana if the law remains on the books.
And now there’s THIS:
The NCAA is “especially concerned” by a recently enacted law in Indiana, which hosts this year’s Final Four, that grants businesses the right to refuse service to gay and lesbian couples, NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement released on Thursday.
“The NCAA national office and our members are deeply committed to providing an inclusive environment for all our events,” the statement read. “We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees.
Whether the NCAA should host the biggest event of the college basketball season in a state that is potentially unaccommodating to fans and tourists of a particular sexual orientation is a “bigger decision” for the governing body to make, North Carolina State forward Abdul-Malik Abu told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday…
“I definitely feel like that law is really backwards. You shouldn’t be able to reject anybody based on what they believe in, definitely. That’s the NCAA’s choice.”
The NCAA should be more than “especially concerned” about this situation.
It should take dramatic action against it.