Duke, NC State, and UNC Basketball Coaches Speak Out Against HB2
Duke Coach, Mike Krzyzewski along with NC State coach, Mark Gottfried went on record condemning HB2 as an embarrassment to the state. Roy Williams of UNC also denounced the law, adding more high profile voices to the opposition to HB2. With the recent news that the NBA will move the All-Star Game, it's another sign that basketball, unlike Gov. McCrory, is against discrimination.
“It’s an embarrassing bill,” Krzyzewski told USA TODAY Sports. “That’s all I’m going to say about it.”
Krzyzewski spoke out less than a week after the Blue Devils released their schedule for the coming season and it was revealed Albany will not be traveling to Durham as planned to play on Nov. 12 as part of the Hall of Fame tournament. The change is the result of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order banning publicly funded, non-essential travel to North Carolina as result of House Bill 2.
“Albany not playing Duke, that’s the kind of activism we need to create change with this bill,” said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, a Charlotte-based organization fighting for LGBT rights. “The NCAA talks a lot about inclusion and diversity but just waffles through statements without any actions.”