Auriemma Talks About Indy Law, 2016 Final Four

'What do you care how other people live their lives?' Auriemma asked.


Geno Auriemma has joined the legions of administrators, coaches, players and fans to weigh in on Indiana's controversial religious freedom law, which has been criticized because it would allow businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation. The sports tie-in: The 2016 women's Final Four is set to take place in Indianapolis.

“I would think that a lot’s going to happen between now and then,” Auriemma said about Indy losing the Final Four(via “A lot is going to happen between now and when that decision is going to be made and I’m not going to be privy to those conversations. But I can’t imagine that things are going to get better with this situation. Things are going to deteriorate and get worse as the outcry gets even louder. I don’t even want to think about it.

“If this doesn’t change out there, this is just the tip of the iceberg. What’s going to happen is the least of their problems out there with this stuff. All we can do is manage it on our end the best we can. It’s hard to imagine they’re doing this stuff in 2015.”

As for the law itself, Auriemma is at a loss.

“On every team I’ve been a part of, none of this stuff matters,” he said. “It’s, ‘Can you set a good screen for me? Are you going to pass me the ball when I’m open? Can I count on you to help me?’ That’s all anyone on the team cares about. The fact that there are people out there that spend that much time worrying about how other people lives their lives is just mind boggling to me. It’s hard enough to live your own life. What do you care how other people live their lives. I’m exasperated with it.

“My father and mother could have stayed in Mussolini's Italy. They came here for something different.”

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