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NCAA Pulls Out of NC, NC GOP Responds With Hateful Fantasy

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced yesterday that it has pulled all college sports tournaments for the current year's season from locations in North Carolina over the state's anti-LGBTQ "bathroom bill" HB2.

Governor Pat McCrory hired private counsel to the defend the law in court and even if the Republican-controlled state legislature wanted to amend or repeal the law (they don't) they can't do so because they are not in session. You may recall that the legislature actually called a one-day special session to pass the law before adjourning until next year, but they won't call a special session to repeal it.

Because the law will remain in place until at least the next legislative session, the NCAA has followed in the footsteps of the NBA and pulled out of the state. This includes every sport from tennis and lacrosse to soccer and basketball.

As you might have guessed, the state Republican party is not pleased, but the party released a statement last night that is so ridiculous it may be the most ridiculous statement ever released by a state party.

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, unified, 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 nation's collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field.

The above statement is such a delusional, hateful, vitriolic fantasy that multiple news outlets including the Associated Press took extra steps to ensure its authenticity before publishing what reads like something written by a comment troll.

The Republican party is a party of comment trolls.

To be clear, transgender men are not women. Transgender women are not men. There are male cheerleaders, too. No one has called for removing women's bathrooms. The GOP doesn't give a single shit about campus rape.

The commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has also issued a statement calling on North Carolina to repeal the law. The ACC will meet this week to discuss if the conference should pull its own events from North Carolina.

Last time we checked in on Governor McCrory, he was cracking bathroom jokes on the campaign trail for Donald Trump. No word on if he still thinks this is all very funny.

  • muselet

    I’ve read that statement from Kami Mueller (NC GOP’s spokesperson) three times, maybe four, and it makes less sense every time. It’s as if someone took every random thought from a crazy person’s mind and put them in a blender along with a few micrograms of LSD and a half-liter of vodka.

    Regardless, congratulations to the NCAA for doing the right thing.


  • ninjaf

    I cannot wait until November. These people are going to be handed their hats (fingers crossed). And don’t let the door hit them in the ass on the way out!

    • katanahamon

      I hope you’re right..but, there seem to be an awful lot of total idiots out there supporting Trump. We need Hillary as president, with a democratic congress to finally get some adult work done. It hasn’t occurred to the right wing public that one of the main reasons government doesn’t seem to work is that the republicans have stopped trying to govern, they simply, they couldn’t even cooperate enough to get a single, actually real republican on their ticket..they allowed a reality show host with no experience and an upcoming fraud trial to hijack their party.

    • JMAshby

      Recent polls show McCrory losing, but people have to turn out and vote.

      • ninjaf

        Yes, complacency is a huge fear. I am hopeful these latest losses help keep the fires stoked.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    The Republican party is a party of comment trolls.

    Yeah, that.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Red Shirts: Everything should be determined by the free market!

    Free Market: We don’t like you being bigots.

    Red Shirts: ::whines loudly::

    • GrafZeppelin127

      Help! Help! I’m being repressed!

    • Draxiar

      In true pirate fashion you took the thought right out of my head!

  • If Pat McCrory really has any regard for those Baylor students mentioned in the statement I will eat my hat.