The NCAA announced on Monday that all championship events scheduled for the 2016-17 academic year will be relocated from the state of North Carolina.
The release said “the NCAA Board of Governors made this decision because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.”
“Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said. “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.”
A total of seven championships will be moved from the state. The NCAA will announce the new championship sites at a later date.
Charlotte was set to host the 2017 NBA All-Star game, but the NBA agreed to move the game to New Orleans for reasons similar to the NCAA’s. The NCAA cited four reasons why it is moving the championships:
- North Carolina laws invalidate any local law that treats sexual orientation as a protected class or has a purpose to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals.
- North Carolina has the only statewide law that makes it unlawful to use a restroom different from the gender on one’s birth certificate, regardless of gender identity.
- North Carolina law provides legal protections for government officials to refuse services to the LGBT community.
- Five states plus numerous cities prohibit travel to North Carolina for public employees and representatives of public institutions, which could include student-athletes and campus athletics staff. These states are New York, Minnesota, Washington, Vermont and Connecticut.
This story was originally posted on SECCountry.com and written by Connor Riley.