'Bathroom Bill' And The NBA: Players React To Charlotte Losing The All-Star Game
Last week, the NBA took a stand against what it sees as a discriminatory bill in North Carolina that limits transgender public restroom use. In response to the bill, the NBA has moved the location of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina.
“While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2,” the NBA said in a statement.
The NCAA may soon be following suit. On Friday, the association said that cities wishing to host future NCAA championships will have to submit a questionnaire addressing local discrimination laws.
The PGA has ruled that its 2017 championship will remain in North Carolina, but it also warned that future events could be moved out of the state.
Most NBA players are staying on the sidelines when it comes to the controversial issue, but a handful of players have publicly addressed the decision.
Voices From The NBA
“I know the league is in a position where they have to make a decision, and [commissioner] Adam Silver made one, and we support that,” Curry said.
Jason Collins, who made history for becoming the NBA’s first openly gay player, said, “The NBA has set the best kind of example and precedent moving forward for all to follow.”
The NBA has said that it would consider the possibility of Charlotte hosting the event again as soon as 2019 if circumstances change.
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