LAS VEGAS — As Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski prepares to take the U.S. men’s national basketball team to the Rio Olympics, his thoughts turned this week to his home of North Carolina and the controversial anti-LGBT law that was passed in March.
“It’s an embarrassing bill,” Krzyzewski told USA TODAY Sports. “That’s all I’m going to say about it.”
Krzyzewski spoke out less than a week after the Blue Devils released their schedule for the coming season and it was revealed Albany will not be traveling to Durham as planned to play on Nov. 12 as part of the Hall of Fame tournament. The change is the result of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order banning publicly funded, non-essential travel to North Carolina as result of House Bill 2.
“Albany not playing Duke, that’s the kind of activism we need to create change with this bill,” said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, a Charlotte-based organization fighting for LGBT rights. “The NCAA talks a lot about inclusion and diversity but just waffles through statements without…