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John Calipari, Bo Ryan, Tom Izzo, and Coach K release joint statement about the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act is going to be a huge issue this weekend in Indianapolis, and in an attempt to get ahead of the story, John Calipari, Bo Ryan, Tom Izzo, and Mike Krzyzewski released a joint statement in support of the NCAA’s stance this afternoon:

“We are aware of the recent actions in Indiana and have made a point to talk about this sensitive and important issue among ourselves and with our teams. Each of us strongly supports the positions of the NCAA and our respective institutions on this matter — that discrimination of any kind should not be tolerated. As a part of America’s higher education system, college basketball plays an important role in diversity, equality, fairness and inclusion, and will continue to do so in the future.”

I’m sure each coach will still be asked about the law, but kudos to them for trying to get ahead of the issue.

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26 Comments for John Calipari, Bo Ryan, Tom Izzo, and Coach K release joint statement about the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act



  1. ukfaningatorland
    3:27 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    so sad in todays society that we can’t leave politics out of everything, regardless on ones position, really we need coaches to make written statements, for what reason, honestly is it a news quip for the back of page 32 or worthy of inclusion into athletics, of course not, it’s simply using the stage of the NCAA to further a message…. pathetic times….



    • madarchitect
      3:38 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

      It is obvious that most Americans don’t pay too much attention to politics. Sometimes other outlets are used to express important issues.

      Now, please crawl back under your rock.



    • American Errorist
      3:41 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

      The media is obviously gonna ask these coaches their positions over and over. This is an attempt to just say “we stand beside our joint statement”. ukfaningatorland, please find a gator and stick your head in his mouth



  2. clhcat
    3:40 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    WHAT ABOUT RELIGIOUS PREJUDICE? I’M A CHRISTIAN AND IT SEEMS EVERYTHING I BELIEVE IN IS NOW OK ONLY IF IT DOESN’T OFFEND SOMEONE ELSE. THERE IS A MORAL RIGHT AND WRONG WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT. IT’S NOW MY RELIGIOUS BELIEFS THAT ARE BEING ATTACKED. I DON’T CARE WHAT THE NCAA BELIEVES OR CAL OR ANY OTHER COACH. WHAT HAPPENED TO GOD’S POINT OF VIEW? MY ADVICE IS TO KEEP IT ALL OUT OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL.



    • American Errorist
      3:43 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

      Your religion is fake



    • EdC
      4:05 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

      Why are you shouting? Do you realize that very few people, including me have no idea what you are saying because you are typing like an 80 year old.



    • winagain1
      4:35 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

      I’m 36…. I understand what the original comment said. Please say the person who responded who said they couldn’t understand the comment because it was written in all capital letters was kidding? Regardless of agreeing or disagreeing….
      I just need to know.. Do you really read it like you hear shouting? I know I’m too old for cursive writing, but not understanding capital letters. Beyond me. When I was in school they had upper and lower case letters.



    • keiths
      5:30 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

      religion is the cause for about 99% of the problems in the world. that and the nutjobs who practice it



  3. sammydog
    4:08 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    Both points of view will use the national stage of the tournament for political purposes. It will be a circus with clowns on both sides of the issue. No way to avoid it. Coaches are wise to have their ducks in a row and hopefully have talked to their players about the questions they are inevitably going to be asked. The press will be lathering at the mouth to goad someone into saying something that will start a shit storm. Count on it. I wish the Governor had waited until after the tourney to make his move. However when you are an opportunist politician who wants to run for Prez, this is what you do. I was hoping the tourney would just be about basketball.



  4. Willis talkin bout....
    4:10 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    Religion is a “Personal” choice… not a commercial choice. Your religions views, beliefs, or “Gods” for that matter shouldn’t be allowed to be forced on someone else, nor should they be restricted from a free market because of thier beliefs. Freedom of religion.. and Freedom FROM religion.



    • syrin23
      4:35 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

      Bumper sticker intelligence is why persecution against Christians is tolerated and endorsed. Why are you AGAINST religious freedom?



  5. SADmaninKy
    4:11 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    AmericanErrorist, your atheism Is fake. You KNOW GOD is real.



  6. mikeintn
    4:30 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    ukfaninggatorland you are exactly right, theres just a small majority out there that makes all the noise [ the squeaky wheel gets the grease ], and what just kills them is that they know they will always just be the minority, so if they would just stay under there rock or put there head in something how nice it would be. I wish it was just about basketball this weekend, Go Cats. I think I am starting to here a squeak lol.



  7. syrin23
    4:38 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    The FIRST response should be, “Why are you opposed to religious freedom? This nation was founded by people seeking religious freedom.” Pretty damn basic, right? Then, you put them into a conundrum by asking them if a muslim baker should be forced to create a cake depicting a Jew urinating on Mohammed for a Jewish party celebrating their hatred of Islam. The response would be immediate and convulsive. So then, the question is, “So you aren’t opposed to religious freedom, just Christians?”. Again, pretty basic, pretty obvious. There are PLENTY of people willing to take their money. when the state forces you to choose between your religious beliefs or lose your profession, then you know we’ve gone full tyranny. Somehow the f’heads on the left aren’t for separation of church and state when it involves the state imposing on religion. Intellectual immaturity. One must possess it to be a liberal.



    • J-Dub421
      5:06 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

      No, just no. This is about discrimination against others for their sexual orientation. It has noting to do with christianity. This is about christians trying to control how other people live their lives and denying them basic rights and freedoms.



    • Dickbutt
      5:10 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

      Why can’t we, as a nation, pull our heads out of our asses and stop treating each other like shit every once in a while? Democrat, Republican, it doesn’t matter which parties lies you believe. Check your politics and your religion at the door and just treat other people nicely like any decent human being should. It’s really not that hard to not be some loud-mouthed, political asshole, but the Internet sure makes it seem that way.



  8. rushman
    5:04 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    Good. This law does not discriminate.



    • Texas Cat
      5:35 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

      But may… You cannot be sure given statements of some of its proponents and its defeated anti discrimination amendments.



  9. clhcat
    5:20 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    IT’S LIKE THE GOVENOR OF INDIANA SAYS……THE LAW DOESN’T DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANYONE……IT PREVENTS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. HE SAID IT WAS THE VICTIM OF BAD REPORTING BY THE MEDIA (AGAIN)…..DID ANY OF YOU READ IT? THE ONLY CHANGE HE WANTS TO MAKE IS TO CLARIFY THAT IT WON’T DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GAYS…..OMG CALM DOWN…..



    • Texas Cat
      5:32 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

      So you believe a politian? Thats as bad as believing Pat Forde. The legislation did leave the door open for businesses to deny service. An amendment was even introduced to specifically address discrimination and it was defeated- leaving the obvious perception that the legislature did not at the time want to be clear on that front. Also, other observers in IN who are proponents of the bill have stated that it would provide the basis for christians to deny service to gays (and maybe others). Cant have it both ways.



    • Leuther
      10:20 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

      Only left wing zealots and demagogues could cause all this uproar over a law that was written to PREVENT discrimination…

      Can’t wait for our man, Jon Miller, to weigh in…



  10. Texas Cat
    5:25 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    Maybe next time they will just pass legislation that is the same as the federal law rather than pretending it’s the same. Great move IN.

    Glad the ciaches got together on this. Wont stop all the questions but probably mitigates some.



  11. Laker Cat 18
    5:47 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    Gay Person 1 – Boycotts the business and gets people to follow suit. Business shuts down or loses profits. Win.

    Gay Person 2 – Stirs up a public ruckus, gets politicians involved, makes out with significant other on national television or big event to just show support for the cause and rub it in the faces of opposing opinions. Loss.

    Folks can tolerate and support #1, but #2 is annoying and makes the “hate” about the topic rise in folks. Just an observation. Sometimes silence is your biggest asset.



  12. jhnny
    8:22 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

    Problem is not all businesses shut down or lose profits when they are boycotted by a minority segment of the population. A lot of lunch counters in the south did a lot of business while denying blacks the right to eat there. Its actually takes courage to “stir up a public ruckus” when an injustice occurs.

    People can believe whatever they want to believe, so long as their beliefs in the public square don’t infringe on others right.



    • Laker Cat 18
      10:59 am April 2, 2015 Permalink

      We’re not talking about blacks in the south. Totally different topic. Minority? There are straight people supporting this opinion. It’s not a minority when laws are changing in their favor, when they have the support of other folks. The people are speaking and it’s a good thing, but don’t act like it’s a small group that wouldn’t benefit a boycott of a business. Heck a straight Oakland A’s pitcher and his girlfriend (who was raised by 2 mothers) are purchasing tickets to their own game on Pride Day to hand out and oppose the heat the organization is taking by promoting that day.