The FBI has uncovered a major scandal in college basketball and the NCAA, college sports self-governing body, was taken by surprise! One must ask what the NCAA was doing. According to the NCAA website, “The highest levels of integrity and sportsmanship” is one of their seven core values.
Just a year ago the NCAA announced they were pulling all their championship games out of North Carolina. Why? Because North Carolina had passed a law saying individuals had to use the bathroom that corresponded with their birth sex. What a novel idea, but the vicious backlash was unprecedented! College sports pulled out, entertainers cancelled shows, boycotts were called, corporations threatened to cancel expansion plans into North Carolina, states and cities (i.e. Philadelphia) banned official business with North Carolina, etc. Even a circus act cancelled its show! Behind the scenes (in most cases) was the nation’s largest homosexual lobby group – the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
From a September 12, 2016 Washington Examiner article: “Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” Mark Emmert, the NCAA president, said in a statement. “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.”
Now the FBI has brought charges revolving around alleged bribery and fraud schemes. Those charged include coaches and/or assistant basketball coaches from Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State, USC, South Carolina Gamecocks, Louisville Cardinals, Louisville and the Miami Hurricanes. In the thick of all this is Adidas where both employees and affiliates have been charged! Adidas, which has a perfect score from HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, was one of the sponsor of this year’s LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex) World Out Games.
Our recommendation is that the NCAA and other sports entities pay more attention to what’s going on within their own organizations and leave states that want to keep private spaces private alone.