State officials respond to ACC’s decision and HB2 controversy

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – State officials from both parties are responding after the Atlantic Coast Conference announced they would move all conference championship games at neutral sites out of the state citing House Bill 2.

This comes after the NCAA announced earlier in the week they were removing seven championship events due to the controversial law.

Sen. Don Davis (D) said Republicans continue trying to defend a law that has had crippling economic impacts.

“This is not the time to double down,” Davis said. “I think this is the time in North Carolina that we should examine ourselves and ask what’s conducive, what’s best for our residents, our state, and our business.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper also spoke out against the law, calling for an immediate repeal.

“The news this week made it clear that there’s no end in sight of the losses we’ll face unless this law is repealed,” Cooper said. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen no leadership from our governor on this issue.”

Gov. Pat McCrory also weighed in on the ACC’s decision.

In a statement he said, “The issue of redefining gender and basic norms of privacy will be resolved in the near future in the United States court system for not only North Carolina, but the entire nation. I strongly encourage all public and private institutions to both respect and allow our nation’s judicial system to proceed without economic threats or political retaliation toward the 22 states that are currently challenging government overreach.”

More events could be moved from North Carolina. The Colonial Athletic Association has five championships in North Carolina, along with 9 events from the Big South Conference, and four events scheduled for The Southern Conference.

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