CHARLOTTE, NC – There has been heated controversy over the recent legislation implemented by the leaders of the state of North Carolina.
The state made headlines and created a relative uproar after maintaining its stance on the LGBT community, essentially vetoing a bill that would protect those who are gay, bisexual, and transgender from discrimination.
The House Bill 2, known as HB2, has been criticized as being discriminatory toward transgender people. The statewide policy bans individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex and prohibits cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances to protect gay and transgender identity, per CNN.
The Justice Department has filed a civil rights lawsuit against North Carolina and several entertainers have canceled planned performances there in protest.
“It’s dangerous, and it goes beyond bathrooms,” protesters are proclaiming.
Though there has been no cases which this law has been called into regard previous to recently, the state may have it’s first case on hand.
Thursday afternoon at approximately 4:57pm ET , North Carolina Police detained a man, later to be identified as Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, for using the men’s restroom in the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
Police say they received a complaint from numerous bystanders and patrons inside the bathroom complaining of a person who didn’t belong there.
When asked how police recognized that the man who they received complaints about may have been a women, they pointed towards the Cowboys apparel Romo was wearing at the time. “It was a dead giveaway,” said officer Mike Roseman.
Under the state law, Romo was technically prohibited from using the men’s bathroom even if he identified as a man.
In Romo’s statement to police, the QB said, ” I don’t know what I was thinking. I could have swore I saw the proper sign but it was apparently something else. I have a hard time reading things. It happens a lot. Even off the field. Bathroom signs? Try defenses.” He added, “I was just trying to carry on with my business when you guy’s intercepted me.”
There’s no time table on if Romo will be charged with a crime or if he’ll receive disciplinary reparation from the NFL or the Dallas Cowboys.