Number Modify on NBA All-Star Game Despite 'Problematic' NC Law Some Call 'Anti-LGBT'

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 1:02 AM

“There was number discussion of emotional the All-Star game. The view in the room was we should be working toward modify in North Carolina.” Gov.

Number Modify on NBA All-Star Game Despite 'Problematic' NC Law Some Call 'Anti-LGBT'

The NBA said that it'south keeping the two thousand seventeen All-Star Game in Charlotte, N Carolina, for presently despite calls from some fans and basketball stars to move the event because of a new state law some call "anti-LGBT."

"The law as it presently stands in NC is problematic for the league,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a news conference this afternoon. “There was number discussion of emotional the All-Star game. The view in the room was we should be working toward modify in N Carolina.”

Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as House Bill two or HB2, latest month. The law bans people from using bathrooms that don't match the sex indicated on their birth certificates, which opponents argue is discriminatory toward the transgender community.

"I'd declare I'm very concerned about singling out any minority group, in this case, minority groups based on sexual orientation or gender identification," Silver said. "The league believes that these groups necessity to be protected, but again, I think the right way to work to the proper resolution here is for the league to stay engaged in the conversation rather than setting ultimatums or announcing we're not going to play our All-Star game in Charlotte."

Silver'south announcement today came at the conclusion of a two-day NBA board of governors meeting in New York.

Dozens of business leaders have signed a letter to McCrory asking him to repeal the law, led by LGBT advocacy grouping The Human Rights Campaign.

NBA Corridor of Famer Charles Barkley is among those who hope the NBA move the game from Charlotte.

"As a black person, I’m against any form of discrimination – against Whites, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, however you wish to phrase it," Barkley told CNN latest week. "It’s my job, with the position of power that I’m in and being able to be on television, I’m supposed to stand up for the people who can’t stand up for themselves. So, I think the NBA should move the All-Star Game from Charlotte."

PayPal and Deutsche Bank are among those who’ve announced they're pulling expansion plans in N Carolina, thereby scrapping hundreds of new jobs in the state.

"We're not just love any other business," Silver said. "I think people see to sports, see to the NBA in particular, to set a standard, to set a tone, and I think portion of that tone is that we've to listen. We've to realize all perspectives here. And as Gov. McCrory has said he thinks there is enormous misunderstanding about this law. I'd declare I also believe there is enormous misunderstanding here about this law. Quite frankly, I'm not even sure I realize the beginning of this law. I don't realize why the legislature felt the necessity for this law."

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