The first major domino has fallen because of North Carolina’s House Bill 2, a controversial anti-LGBT law that is tearing the Tar Heel state apart. Its victim? None other than SUNY Albany’s men’s basketball team, who was supposed to open the season at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. against Duke.
This is all because New York governor Andrew Cuomo tried to score some style points when this law was in the national spotlight by signing an executive order banning all non-essential publicly-funded travel to North Carolina to protect its citizens. Oh, okay. You showed them.
From The Albany Times-Union:
SUNY spokeswoman Holly Liapis issued the following statement, which was emailed to the Times Union by Karl Luntta, the director of media relations for UAlbany
“The State University of New York supports Governor Cuomo’s executive order banning all non-essential travel to the state of North Carolina, and we instructed our campuses to immediately review any existing travel plans by faculty and staff. SUNY and its campuses continue to support the Governor on taking this stand.”
UAlbany athletic director Mark Benson, when reached late Wednesday afternoon, would only say that UAlbany supported Cuomo’s position.
The SUNY gag order was also put on UAlbany coach Will Brown, who responded to a text message while recruiting in Atlanta on Wednesday.
When asked, via text, if he would comment on losing the Duke game, Brown texted back.
“It’s hot in Atlanta, but not sure you care about that,” Brown wrote.
So there goes a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a bunch of basketball scrubs to play a game in Cameron Indoor Stadium. But hey, playing at Binghamton is fun too, I guess.
And it’s not like Duke University is running around promoting HB2, either. In fact, as a North Carolina native, I can confidently say that the Duke University campus is the least North Carolina place in all of North Carolina. It’s the University of New Jersey/New York at Durham. The state of North Carolina has absolutely zero influence there.
You’re not hurting Duke basketball by doing this. Duke couldn’t give a shit about playing UAlbany. It’s a warm-up game — a sort-of Make-a-Wish moment for a bunch of shitty basketball players to play with the big guys. This move really has no negative effect on anybody except the student-athletes at UAlbany.
So where will the uncorrupted souls of UAlbany travel to play instead of Duke? Penn State. Nice..
[via The Albany Times-Union]
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