The NBA announced rather unexpectedly that they would be moving the All-Star Game out of North Carolina, citing Charlotte’s controversial bathroom bill, HB 2.
“It’s an insult to our city, it’s an insult to our state, and I think it sets a dangerous precedent of the corporate sports and entertainment elite basically asking for a quid pro quo on legislation or else they’ll deny their service.
“And I don’t think that’s the way we should do business and I don’t think that’s the way the political system should run,” the governor said, noting that he first learned that the All-Star Game would be moved from the news media.
“What’s ironic about this is, this is not just a North Carolina issue. We have 22 other states that are suing the Obama administration on this issue regarding mandates on the private sector and on our universities and our schools. And of those 22 states, we have 13 NBA teams. So there’s also during this process, I think, some selective outrage.”
Attorney Kellie Fiedorek with the Alliance Defending Freedom – a religious freedom advocacy and legal group – weighed in, noting that “twenty years ago, the NBA recognized the innate and obvious biological differences between men and women when it created the WNBA” – the Women’s National Basketball Association. “Today,” she continued, “the NBA hopes no one notices that it properly maintains separate leagues for men and women while it opposes the commonsense law that simply protected the dignity interests and privacy rights of North Carolinians.”
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