NBA Commissioner: HB2 Does Not Line Up With the NBA's Core Values
After a recent league meeting, the NBA has still not made a final decision on whether or not to move the All Star game from Charlotte, though the commissioner again reiterated their opposition to the law. According to the NBA, time is running out and they will have to make a decision soon. If this law remains in place, there's a good chance the NBA All Star game won't be in Charlotte next year.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league has yet to decide whether it will move the 2017 All-Star Game out of North Carolina due to serious issues with the state's controversial House Bill 2 law, which limits anti-discrimination protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
"We would have to deal with every situation on its own merits," Silver added. "From the very beginning, I've been reluctant to draw bright lines. But we also deal with the practicality of what we're seeing in North Carolina. What the league announced, together with the Hornets, when this bill first passed was, putting aside what our core principles are and our belief -- which we've made very public that we feel this law is inconsistent with the core values of this league -- the primary test for us is whether under this law we can successfully host our All-Star week."
"We were frankly hoping that they would make some steps toward modifying the legislation, and frankly, I was disappointed that they didn't," Silver said.
Silver was hoping North Carolina legislators would modify the law in recent weeks. The NBA has expressed great concern with the bill -- which requires people in public schools and government buildings to use restrooms based on the gender on their birth certificates -- since North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law in March.