Last month, North Carolina signed into law House Bill 2 (HB2), which prevents transgender people from using public restrooms according to the gender they identify with. Unsurprisingly, the discriminatory measure has been met with severe backlash from North Carolina businesses, residents, and public personalities alike.
One question that immediately arose out of the situation was what the NBA would do with its plans to host the 2017 All-Star game in Charlotte, home of the Hornets. Many called for the league to make a strong statement about changing the law, with analyst Charles Barkley flat-out saying the game should be moved elsewhere.
Now, after spending a few weeks uncommitted to a definitive statement about All-Star weekend, the NBA has said it will move the game if North Carolina doesn't change the flagrantly anti-LGBT law.
"We've been, I think, crystal clear a change in the law is necessary for us to play in the kind of environment that we think is appropriate for a celebratory NBA event," Commissioner Adam Silver said at the Associated Press Sports Editors' commissioner meetings.
While there's no exact timetable on the decision, and Silver isn't suggesting the NBA is "putting a gun to [North Carolina's] head and saying 'do this or else,' " as he explained on ESPN's Mike & Mike morning radio show, the message is obvious. The league has no tolerance for discrimination against any minority, and won't host one of its biggest annual events in a state that's currently displaying just that.
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