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Sen. McDaniel says ‘to hell with the NCAA’ after potential boycott over trans legislation

In this March 14, 2012, file photo, a player runs across the NCAA logo during practice in...
In this March 14, 2012, file photo, a player runs across the NCAA logo during practice in Pittsburgh before an NCAA tournament college basketball game. NCAA basketball administrators apologized to the women’s basketball players and coaches after inequities between the men’s and women’s tournament went viral on social media. Administrators vowed to do better. NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt spoke on a zoom call Friday, March 19, 2021, a day after photos showed the difference between the weight rooms at the two tournaments.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
Updated: Apr. 12, 2021 at 11:03 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - After the NCAA suggested a potential boycott of states who have recently enacted legislation banning transgender athletes from participating in sports, one state senator is saying: “To hell with the NCAA.”

“If the NCAA truly cared about providing an environment that is safe and healthy for competitors, it would follow Mississippi’s lead,” Senator Chris McDaniel wrote on social media Monday evening.

A wave of legislation banning trans athletes from sports has been instituted in multiple states, including Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas.

While some detractors see the legislation as a way to exclude trans people from participation in all aspects of public life, Gov. Tate Reeves said he signed the Mississippi Fairness Act to “ensure young girls in Mississippi have a fair playing field in public sports.”

The NCAA, however, said that they “firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports” and that this commitment “is grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition.”

They also stated that when determining where future championships are held, they will only choose locations “where hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination should be selected.”

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker called their statement “unbelievable” while McDaniel described it as a “woke stance.”

“I am comfortable speaking for the overwhelming majority of Mississippians by keeping my comment simple and to the point: to hell with the NCAA,” McDaniel concluded.

If the NCAA were to enact the ban on Mississippi, it would be the second time in less than a year.

In June 2020, the board ruled that the state could not host any championships because the state flag included the Confederate battle emblem.

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