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NBA Moves All-Star Game From Charlotte Due to Bathroom Law

NBA Moves All-Star Game From Charlotte Due to Bathroom Law

Charlotte can host in 2019 if the government abolishes the law.

The NBA has decided to move their February 19 All-Star Game out of North Carolina due to the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Bill. The league stated:

“Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change. We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view.

“Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community — current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans. 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 law states that biological males cannot use female restrooms and vice versa. The government implemented it over privacy and safety concerns:

“One of the biggest issues was about privacy,” [North Carolina House Speaker Tim] Moore said. “The way the ordinance was written by City Council in Charlotte, it would have allowed a man to go into a bathroom, locker or any changing facility, where women are — even if he was a man. We were concerned. Obviously there is the security risk of a sexual predator, but there is the issue of privacy.”

The NBA told Charlotte they can host the game in 2019 if North Carolina changes the law. Now executives are looking at New Orleans to host the festivities in February.

Experts said the event could have brought in as much as $100 million to the city “with tens of thousands of out-of-town visitors filling hotel rooms and restaurants.”

Other businesses, including Google, Reddit, and Paypal, urged the NBA to move the game:

“If the NBA holds events in North Carolina while HB2 remains law, players, employees, and fans will be at risk of discrimination – and that’s wrong. It will also send a terrible message about who the NBA is and what it values as an organization, and set a dangerous precedent,” the letter reads.

Governor Pat McCrory did make some changes to the law,”restoring the right to sue for discrimination in state court.”


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I have not watch an NBA game since Dallas won the title a few years ago. I was tempted to go watch again but no, no way now. If they want to get into the SJW business they won’t get any ratings point or page views from me. I suggest that we all do the same and let them know how we feel.

Here’s their Twitter ID: @NBA and their official hashtag is #ThisIsWhyWePlay

Maybe we should change it to #ThisIsWhyWeDoNotWatch

    Paul in reply to Ulises. | July 22, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Yeah it’s really sad that the SJW movement has completely infested sports. Can’t they leave anything alone? ESPN is completely unbearable any more.

As a North Carolinian, I just don’t get it. Any law that allows a transgendered “woman” to access the Ladies Room also legally allows any non-transsexual pervert to access the Ladies Room.

As an example, take the increasing number of reports in Target stores after they changed their corporate policy to let anyone into the Ladies Room.

As of this date, I have heard nothing from the other side as to how to address the fatal flaw in the wishes of the LGBT Community to access the Toilet Facilities of their “self-identification.” This sure does make be feel like the LGBT Community is being hateful and selfish.

Ski-rooooo the NBA.

    legacyrepublican in reply to Ragspierre. | July 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Amen! If they are going to say biological restrictions for a bathroom is invalid then I think the NBA shouldn’t even have the right, for example, to tell a player from where they can shoot a three pointer because that imposes natural biological limitations on persons who may not able to perform but self identify that the can.

    Barry in reply to Ragspierre. | July 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    I’ll never watch another NBA game. But then I haven’t watched one in ten years at least.
    I am happy the NBAstards are staying the hell away from my state.

A bunch of white owners deciding to punish the only black owner for something that is out of his control, in the same league that protected Donald Sterling for so long.

Racists in action.

When the NBA selected CLT for 2017, the law was exactly as it is now. The city ordinance issue happened in the interim. If the NBA is so outraged, why did they select CLT in the first place?

    Milhouse in reply to MTED. | July 22, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    No, the law wasn’t as it is now. True, Charlotte didn’t have a law forcing all businesses to allow men into the ladies’ room, but it could have made such a law. So the right of those who want such a law to advocate it were undisturbed. Now Charlotte can’t make such a law, which (according to the twisted illogic of Romer) somehow deprives people who want such a law of their first amendment right to advocate it. Or something like that. I mean, it doesn’t actually prevent them from advocating a law, it just prevents such advocacy from succeeding, but somehow that’s implied in the right to advocate. Again, or something. Don’t ask me, ask the justices who decided Romer.

      Yu.Ain.Gonnano in reply to Milhouse. | July 22, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      The new law states that discrimination law is set at the state level. It prevents municipalities from creating their own discrimination laws (and their own minimum wage laws).

      Could you imagine the logistical and administrative nightmare of trying to enforce over 500 different versions of discrimination/minwage laws?

      Not only can those who wish to advocate for those laws do so, but they can also *win*.

      They just have to do it at the state level and not the municipality level.

Yu.Ain.Gonnano | July 22, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Alternate headline:
NBA refuses to bake NC a cake over moral objections.

So does this mean the WNBA will allow male players?

This bathroom hoo-hah is classic leftism: 1.) Make up some stupid crap out of thin air; 2.) Pretend you’ve believed it your entire life.

How do they do it with a straight face?

The really ironic thing is that it was the liberal Charlotte city government that enacted the city ordnance allowing males to use the female restrooms if they claimed they felt like a woman that day that resulted in HB2 being passed in the first place.

So, in order to make a statement to North Carolina, the NBA is punishing the very liberal city that supports the NBA’s position.

Makes perfect sense to me.

    MattMusson in reply to Sailorcurt. | July 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    The NBA – Bastion of Morality.

    Part of a growing trend of Corporations setting the rules the rest of us must live by.

The law states that biological males cannot use female restrooms and vice versa.

No it doesn’t, not in private facilities. On the contrary, the law preserves the owners’ right to decide who can use the restrooms. Only in goverment facilities does the law set the policy, since the state or one of its subsidiaries is the owner.

Common Sense | July 22, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Screw the NBA! Shame on the NBA!

Wish we could fill up the ladies room with men where ever the NBA is moving the game. Won’t that be great!!
If that happened my guess would this nonsense would end pretty quickly.

What the hell happened to Common Sense?

I guarantee PayPal is not involved.

I wonder if they have daughters.

I wonder what will they say/do when their daughters come telling them that there was “somebody” with a penis in the ladies room.

If they want into the SJW business, they need to start “looking like America”. Wise Latina and all.

    Ragspierre in reply to Anchovy. | July 22, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    They’ll need about 70% peach-colored players, some Hi-spanics, and some Asians, with a smattering of Pacific Islanders.

The NB-who?

Baby Elephant | July 22, 2016 at 2:17 pm

NC should find a way to kick the NBA out of the state… Even if it means taxing ticket sales by 4000% or calling out the National Guard and putting an embargo up around the stadium and not letting anyone in or out…

NBA? Whut’s that? 🙂

More “=”. Why so selective?

Also, what about the rape culture claimed by other liberal factions? The trans-social faction must be endowed with superior rights.

Hold the nba to it’s ideal. NC can make the arena’s locker rooms open to everyone in the arena at all times by law. No more separate area’s for the players and coaches. Heck, open the owner’s box bathroom to the public also.
Imagine how much praise they’d get from the sjw’s for such progressive actions….

Well, I guess if the NBA upper management weenies say that the law is bad, then I guess it must be. After all, I form all my political opinions by what the NBA thinks.

I think the NBA would have been celebrated if they would have embraced North Carolina and American Family Values.
Anyway, no NBA here, but I never was a sports fan.