According to Yahoo! on March 24, 2016, the NBA shared their concerns via Twitter regarding whether or not the 2017 NBA All-Star Game would be hosted in Charlotte, N.C. The state recently passed an anti-LGBT law that discriminates against transgender citizens. The NBA, who supports overall equality, hinted how this discriminatory law could affect the state’s chance to host the biggest NBA event of the year. The game is still currently scheduled for Feb. 19, 2017, and will be hosted at the Time Warner Cable Arena, the home court of the Charlotte Hornets, if no changes are made.
On March 23, 2016, the state of North Carolina passed a law that requires people to only use restrooms assigned to their biological sex. The Republican governor, Pat McCrory, signed the law and overturned a recent municipal bill that correlates to an anti-discrimination legislation. This included an individual having the right to choose the restroom of one’s preferred gender.
The NBA tweeted their “deep concerns” regarding this discriminatory law and how it contradicts their principals of equality and mutual respect. The league expressed that this law could alter the success of the 2017 All-Star Game and how it countered their dedication to consistently provide an “inclusive environment for all.”
By Tricia Manalansan
Edited by Jeanette Smith
CNN Money: NBA hints North Carolina could lose 2017 All-Star game over anti-LGBT law
Yahoo!: NBA threatens lost Charlotte All-Star Game Over NC anti-trans law
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