University of Connecticut basketball coach Kevin Ollie could still travel to Indiana for the Final Four and the National Association of Basketball Coaches convention this week, despite an Indiana travel ban Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy imposed on all state employees, CT News reports.
Malloy instituted the ban in response to Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act that passed last week. Many, including the NCAA and the NBA, have voiced concerns that it allows businesses to discriminate against gay customers. Per CT News:
Malloy’s Indiana boycott carves out an exemption for state employees who must travel to meet contractual obligations, as well for those enforcing laws or attending to public safety and public health duties.
Ollie’s appearance at the hoops extravaganza is likely part of a contractual obligation that was hammered out long before the controversy, Hearst Connecticut Media has learned.
Ollie, who helped propel the Huskies to the top spot in the tournament last year, is expected to announce his travel plans later on Tuesday.
The NABC convention coincides with the NCAA Final Four events this weekend, which some, including Charles Barkley, have demanded be moved from the state because of the possible ramifications of the law.
Malloy also voiced his concerns regarding the tournament’s location.
“Indiana is the home of the NCAA,” Malloy said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday (via CT News). “The NCAA should not play any tournaments in that state any longer until Indiana recognizes the rights of gay men and gay women.”
On Tuesday afternoon, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a similar travel ban to Indiana for all New York state employees.
“New York State has been, and will continue to be, a leader in ensuring that all LGBT persons enjoy full and equal civil rights,” Cuomo said in a statement. “With this action, we stand by our LBGT family members, friends and colleagues to ensure that their rights are respected.”