Regarding the Sept. 15 news article “Reaction to the ACC's decision to move championship game”: It was no surprise that reactions to the NCAA and ACC moving sporting events out of the state because of House Bill 2 divided down partisan lines. However, the statement from Rep. Richard Hudson stuck out.
Hudson claimed, with no apparent evidence, that the decisions by the ACC and NCAA were “blatant political move(s).” I respectfully disagree.
The ACC and NCAA very clearly stated they were opposed to state-sponsored discrimination – not Republicans. If Hudson chooses to equate the N.C. GOP with discrimination, that is his position, not the ACC’s or NCAA’s.
Far worse than Hudson’s gross over-generalizations, however, was what he said next. Hudson promised he would use his position of power in Congress to investigate the NCAA’s and ACC’s tax-exempt status. This is a textbook example of political retaliation, and it is disgraceful.
The ACC and NCAA have plenty of Republicans in their leadership ranks, and accusing the organizations of partisanship is absurd.
While Hudson may see everything from sunrise to gravity as having a political slant and deserving of congressional investigation, the rest of us are rather sick of these dog and pony show hearings.
Jarvis John Edgerton