Duke Basketball Coach Calls North Carolina's Bathroom Bill 'Embarrassing' Before NBA Moves All-Star Game
"That's all I'm going to say about it," Mike Krzyzewski said after calling the bathroom bill 'Embarrassing'
The famous coach, who will lead Team USA at the Rio Olympics, didn’t elaborate on the anti-LGBT law that was passed in March. “That’s all I’m going to say about it,” he told USA Today Sports.
Krzyzewski’s comment comes less than a week after it was announced that Albany would not travel to Durham to face the Blue Devils on their scheduled November 12 game as part of the Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament. The game will not be played because of New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban publically funded, non-essential travel to North Carolina in response to the transgender bathroom bill.
House Bill 2 mandates that transgender people use public restrooms according to the sex listed on their birth certificate.
In April, NBA commissioner Adam Silver threatened to move the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of the discriminatory law – and on Thursday the league officially announced the relocation.
“Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change. We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league,” the NBA said in the statement. “These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view.”
The statement continues, “We look forward to re-starting plans for our All-Star festivities in Charlotte for 2019 provided there is an appropriate resolution to this matter.”