NCAA Final Four will be played in Indianapolis, Indiana and Barkley wants the NCAA to move the event out of the state due to the signing of the “Religious Freedom Law” by Gov. Mike Pence. The growing concern around the country is that the new law will use religion as a way to discriminate against the LGBT community.
“Discrimination in any form is unacceptable to me…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.” -Charles Barkley
Barkley has never been shy on speaking his mind. Suggesting that the NCAA should move the financial windfall that the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana would be huge. History has shown that you can fight discrimination through losing money. The money lost because of the Montgomery bus boycott helped change policies of discrimination throughout the south.
Since the controversial law was signed into law people across the country have spoken out against it. Apple CEO Tim Cook compared it to post slavery Jim Crow laws of the south. Companies and agencies have started to restrict travel to the state. NCAA has threatened to cancel future events in Indiana.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 30, 2015