First the All-Star game, then the NCAA Tournament and now the ACC Football Championship….
The state of North Carolina was dealt another economic and sports blow when the ACC announced plans to move the ACC Football Championship game from Charlotte as well as other neutral site events including: women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s golf, men’s golf and baseball due to the controversial House Bill 2.
The ACC Counsel of Presidents released this statement regarding their decision:
“As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year. All locations will be announced in the future from the conference office.”
The irony in the whole situation is that the bill was birthed after Charlotte passed an ordinance in efforts to protect LGBT rights. HB2 was the state’s response and it’s affect is hurting the Queen City the most. But the most important thing to remember here is that if you don’t like what’s going on, VOTE!