Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster criticized the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Tuesday when a reporter asked how he felt about them barring states with anti-transgender legislation from hosting championship events.
“I think the NCAA ought to mind their own business,” McMaster said.
The governor’s comments follow the NCAA Board of Governors statement on Monday announcing they “firmly and unequivocally” support the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports and they would withdraw competitions from the states that pass legislations barring “transgenders” participation in female sports.
— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) April 13, 2021
“The NCAA is looking at barring states with anti-transgender legislation from hosting championship events. Does that change how you feel about some of the transgender bills that are going through the house right now?,” a reporter asked McMaster on Monday, alluding to the recently introduced House Bill 3477, also known as “Save Women’s Sports Act.” The bill envisions allowing only biological girls to join middle or high school-level girls’ sports teams, the Daily Caller reported.
“I think the NCAA ought to mind their own business,” McMaster responded. “If you want to pass laws, you need to run for office.”
The NCAA statement read, “Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport. Our clear expectation as the Association’s top governing body is that all student-athletes will be treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to ensuring that NCAA championships are open for all who earn the right to compete in them.”
“Only locations where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination” would be considered for future championships, according to the statement.