GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina Governor, Pat McCrory, is speaking out for the first time after announcements earlier this week by the NCAA and the ACC to remove their championships from the state.
On Thursday, McCrory spoke out about the latest ripple over HB2 saying, “This is a change that deserves debate and does not deserve ridicule. It does not deserve an academic board meeting behind closed doors to punish unfairly hard working men and women who want to sell cokes. They don’t have pensions; they don’t have healthcare like the chancellors do. They don’t make big salaries like the chancellors do.”
McCrory was at an event in Charlotte. He said the decisions by the NCAA and ACC hurt hardworking folks.
“They are punishing waiters and waitresses. They are punishing rental car companies. They are punishing people who serve drinks at the concession stands,” said McCrory.
McCrory said he is quote “calling them out.”
“I finally had my first conversation with the Georgia Tech Chancellor, who is chairman of the NCAA. The first thing I said was you could have called, how about a respectful phone call,” said McCrory.
McCrory also stated about what HB2 is intended to do, “The federal government defining gender is what HB2 was all about, what is the new definition of gender? Is it based upon your anatomy or is it based upon what you think you are? This is where if it’s based on what you think you are, it changes restrooms, locker rooms, and shower policies, throughout the united states, not just North Carolina.”
McCrory released the following statement when both the NCAA and the ACC announced their championship exits out of the state.
"The issue of redefining gender and basic norms of privacy will be resolved in the near future in the United States court system for not only North Carolina, but the entire nation. I strongly encourage all public and private institutions to both respect and allow our nation’s judicial system to proceed without economic threats or political retaliation toward the 22 states that are currently challenging government overreach."
McCrory’s competitor in the state governor’s race, Roy Cooper released the following statement after the NCAA announcement. It reads in part:
"These tournaments pump money into our economy and give our communities and fans a chance to showcase our incredible tradition of college sports. Now, our ability to host these events at the highest level has been eliminated because of Governor McCrory and HB2."
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