Excerpt From: Fayetteville Observer. Written By: Stephen Schramm.
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams vented his frustrations once again Tuesday about North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which threatens to keep big-time postseason basketball tournaments out of the state for several years.
The law, passed in March by the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly, limits the legal protections for gay, lesbian and transgender citizens. In response to the law, the ACC and the NCAA pulled their championship events from the state. The most notable basketball event – aside from the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, which was moved out of Charlotte – were the 2017 NCAA tournament’s first and second rounds, which were slated for Greensboro.
After Sunday’s victory against Notre Dame, which was moved to Greensboro Coliseum due to a water crisis in Chapel Hill, Williams called the law “stupid” and “ridiculous.”
The law made headlines again on Monday as the head of the North Carolina Sports Association, which represents groups that help promote and organize events in the state, said North Carolina will be shut out of the next round of NCAA championship site selections – which goes until 2022 – unless the law is repealed.
On Tuesday, while meeting with the media in preparation for Thursday night’s showdown with Duke, Williams was again asked about the law.
“I’m not a lawmaker, but I know the impression that that law has given of our state and that’s the saddest thing in the world to me,” said the North Carolina native. “… I think it’s discriminatory, I don’t like it, I think we shouldn’t have it. For my job, dealing with student athletes and the things that are really unique about our state, and hosting events and that kind of thing, I think we’re in a bad spot, I really do. I think it’s harmful to us. It’s not right.”