USC's athletic director is boycotting Indiana: 'I am the proud father of a gay son'

Pat Haden University Southern California Athletic Director USCVictor Decolongon/Getty ImagesUSC Athletic Director Pat Haden addresses the audience during the press conference to introduce Andy Enfield as USC’s new basketball head coach on April 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

University of Southern California athletic director Pat Haden announced Tuesday that he will be boycotting Indiana following the passage of a controversial “religious freedom” law that critics say would allow businesses in the state to discriminate against same-sex couples.

Haden said on Twitter he would not travel to Indiana this week in honour of his son, who is gay. The USC AD was set to attend a meeting in Indianapolis this week for the College Football Playoff selection committee, according to his Twitter.

Here’s his full message denouncing Indiana’s new law:

Haden has a long history with USC, graduating from the university in 1975. While a student, Haden was a quarterback on the Trojans football team, playing in three Rose Bowl games and leading the school to two national championships. After USC, he went on to be a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

Haden has been USC athletic director since 2010.

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