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Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski supports the NCAA’s decision to pull seven postseason sporting events, including NCAA Tournament basketball games, from North Carolina over HB2, the so-called bathroom law.
“I’m in full agreement with that,” Krzyzewski said Tuesday while speaking with Business Insider to promote the launch of his new leadership program, PowerForward.
Krzyzewski said he still felt the same as when he was asked about HB2 at the start of the US men’s basketball team’s training sessions in Las Vegas before the Olympics.
“I said during the start of our practice sessions in Vegas, when asked about HB2, I said it’s embarrassing, and it still is embarrassing.”
The law prevents local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances for LGBT people, and it is best known for barring transgender people from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
Kevin White, Duke’s athletic director and vice president, released a statement on behalf of Duke saying it supported the NCAA’s decision.
“I would reference what my athletic director Kevin White put out yesterday,” Krzyzewski said. “It was a great statement, that I agree 100% with what he did, and obviously, it’s a statement from our university, too, since he’s the vice president.”
“I’m in full agreement with it.”
Duke’s statement said:
“We agree with the NCAA’s decision. Our position has been clear on this matter, which is that this legislation is discriminatory, troubling and embarrassing. We deplore any efforts to deprive individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, of legal protection and rights. We will always be committed to diversity and inclusion, and applaud any efforts to ensure that those values are protected and enacted at all times, and in all places in the state of North Carolina.”
Previously, the University of Albany backed out of a men’s basketball game at Duke because of New York’s ban of state-sponsored travel to North Carolina over HB2. The University of Vermont’s women’s basketball team also canceled a trip to play the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill because of the law.