Indiana Governor Mike Pence officially signed Senate Bill 101, which essentially gives business owners the right to discriminate against homosexuals on the basis of "religious freedom." This is a bit of a headache for the NCAA, because that's where the Final Four is headed. It also doesn't help matters that the NCAA is headquartered in Indianapolis.
So while the NCAA ponders whether it wants to be associated with such a state (the next Indiana Final Four is scheduled for 2021), Barkley has already made up his mind about the law: No.
"Discrimination in any form is unacceptable to me," Barkley said in a statement to Sports Illustrated. "As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states' cities."
As it stands now, Senate Bill 101 is really in no one's best interest. If it stays, the NFL and the NCAA distances the LGTB community. If both organizations actually do decide to take Barkley's advice, that's some lost revenue and it's just not a good look. Regardless, this bill obviously shouldn't have been passed to begin with.
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[via Yahoo! Sports]