It’s Fall – well officially in a week — and that means it’s time for something I so cherish: NCAA college football season. I love college sports and when that final shot is taken at March Madness, I go through serious withdrawals over the summer. College track and field is entertaining, but it’s college football and basketball that are my true sports loves. College sports are the last real bastion where young people play for the love of the sport. Not all of them will go onto the professional level, but they play with heart. I do wish there was a way the NCAA could develop a stipend system for the athletes – because they are responsible for increased revenue for many campuses. But there’s one thing I truly don’t want to see, and that is for the NCAA to become a playground for politics — as we saw when the Northwestern University football team asked to be unionized.
And so it is that the news emanating from the NCAA right now is rather disturbing for me.
As reported by the Charlotte Observer, “Since the North Carolina legislature last March passed House Bill 2, a controversial law restricting transgender bathroom access and limiting the civil rights and bathroom usage of the LGBT community, the state has lost the NBA All-Star Game, Bruce Springsteen and other concerts and conventions and millions of dollars in revenue.
Now North Carolina is losing the NCAA tournament. The NCAA announced on Monday that the seven championships scheduled in the state during this academic year, including NCAA men’s basketball tournament games in Greensboro, would be relocated because of House Bill 2, better known as HB2.
The announcement comes in the middle of a fiercely contested race for governor, a race in which HB2 had already played a prominent role. Now it is likely to become magnified. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper has criticized Republican Gov. Pat McCrory for signing HB2 into law, and McCrory has been vocal about defending his decision.
In the hours after the NCAA’s announcement on Monday, Cooper again went on the offensive. “It seems that almost every day, we learn of a new consequence of HB2,” Ford Porter, Cooper’s campaign spokesman, said in a statement. “Hosting NCAA championship events has long been a point of pride for North Carolina.”
So, let me get this right: the NCAA wants to see individuals experiencing “gender dysphoria” to be able to utilize whatever bathroom for which they identify. Bear in mind only three-tenths of one percent of the population suffers from this condition.
Why is it the business of the NCAA to make a political decision? They exist to ensure college-level sports are fair and managed by the rules and regulations — perhaps they should explain the officiating issue to the fans of Oklahoma State from last weekend.
What type of depraved culture are we becoming where we need to have the federal government dictating what bathroom people should use? And worse, who are these people who believe a sovereign state can’t make decisions for its governance? This is the way of the progressive socialist leftists. How doggone funny, these folks are all up in arms about bathroom use, yet not a thing is said about the NFL and the players who disrespect our National Anthem and the American flag? Apparently someone is determining what constitutes appropriate behavior and actions.
The best response to this absurd decision came from North Carolina GOP spokesperson 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 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 nations collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field.”
However, even from her sick bed, Hillary Clinton responded in her normal pandering manner via Twitter:
The @NCAA is right to pull tournament games from North Carolina because of the anti-LGBT HB2 law. Discrimination has no place in America. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 13, 2016
I am still trying to comprehend the “discrimination” issue here. What about women, don’t they have a voice in speaking up about who they want in their facilities? And if the NCAA does take this position, then we should be expecting unisex showers — why not? The men’s and women’s basketball teams can use the same facilities. Or perhaps, if there’s a male athlete who “gender identifies” as female, then what prevents that individual from being on the women’s team?
After all, North Carolina HB-2 simply states that one must use the bathroom facility that corresponds with their birth certificate gender. Or maybe the NCAA, Hillary Clinton, Bruce Springsteen, and the NBA embrace a belief that God isn’t smart enough to understand genders. You know, He’s not that omnipotent after all.
The bottom line with this foolishness is that the progressive socialist left doesn’t believe or accept there are absolutes — well, except for their religion called climate change. They’re on a march to fundamentally transform our culture. There are no longer husbands and wives, just spouse one and spouse two. There are no longer men and women, just whatever you feel you are…and of course we need government to accommodate these whims.
“In announcing the decision, the NCAA argued that HB2 would preclude North Carolina cities from guaranteeing an “inclusive atmosphere” for all.
“Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” Mark Emmert, the NCAA president, said in a statement detailing the NCAA’s decision to remove events from North Carolina.
“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.”
I suppose I’m in that basket of deplorables because I don’t concur with the decision by the NCAA, NBA or anyone else. I find it REALLY odd that people claim they want the government out of the bedroom — but I guess being in the bathroom is ok.
It is not the purpose of government to institute fairness and help folks feel good about themselves. I want to ask Mr. Emmert, when did the NCAA stop providing a safe and respectful environment at their events? This is nothing more than a political decision and it’s very apparent that the militant LGBT lobby has far more power than we could ever have imagined. So, no basketball, lacrosse, and several other NCAA championships in North Carolina.
Here is my assessment. This will end up backfiring on the progressive socialist left. I’m heading to Raleigh, NC this Friday to speak and you can bet I’ll make this an issue of my address. If the left believes they can use this to bring about the surrender of basic values in America, they are wrong. There’s only so far you can push folks until they respond. The lesson learned here is if you don’t succumb to the left and their designs, you’ll be punished financially. But, you can be an athlete and disrespect our National Anthem, and it’s a perfectly acceptable right?
I can’t think of any better example of financial tyranny…terrorism.