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NCAA President Mark Emmert releases statement on RFRA changes

Mark Emmert

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) President Mark Emmert, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on the NCAA’s treatment of athlete. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


On Thursday morning, Republican leaders in the state of Indiana unveiled changes to the controversial religious freedom law.

Those changes detail explicitly that it is illegal for a business to refuse service to someone based on their sexual orientation or their race.

NCAA President Mark Emmert, who made a point to publicly state that the NCAA did not support the bill, released a statement on Thursday morning.

“We are very pleased the Indiana legislature is taking action to amend Senate Bill 101 so that it is clear individuals cannot be discriminated against,” Emmert said in the statement. “NCAA core values call for an environment that is inclusive and non-discriminatory for our student-athletes, membership, fans, staff and their families. We look forward to the amended bill being passed quickly and signed into law expeditiously by the governor.”

This year’s Final Four is currently being played in Indianapolis, where NCAA headquarters are located.