The outspoken former NBA great and popular TV broadcaster called for the NCAA to move it’s marquee basketball event, set for next weekend, out of Indianapolis in protest of a new ‘religious freedom’ law signed last week by Governor Mike Pence. The law makes discrimination against members of the LGBT community legal if the discrimination is based on religious reasons, and it’s drawn backlash from Hillary Clinton, Miley Cyrus and Tim Cook (Apple’s CEO), among others. “As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state,” Barkley told USA Today, “I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities.” For its part, the NCAA says its “concerned” with the law and will examine its implications for future events, making it unlikely this year’s games will be moved at the last minute. The Final Four is held in Indianapolis every year, so even pulling out next year over the antediluvian law would make a big statement.
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