Adam Silver: N. C. law 'problematic' to NBA; number All-Star Game decision

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 4:00 AM

Silver, fielding several questions about the NBA'south stance on the NC controversy during a news conference at the St. Regis Hotel, said he's sensitive to the situation, and it was discussed by owners, but there were number talks about emotional All-Star Weekend.

Adam Silver: N. C. law 'problematic' to NBA; number All-Star Game decision

NEW YORK -- Commissioner Adam Silver said a NC law that limits anti-discrimination protection for lesbian, homosexual and transgender people is "problematic" for the NBA, but there has been number discussion of emotional the two thousand seventeen All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

Silver, fielding several questions about the NBA'south stance on the NC controversy during a news conference at the St. Regis Hotel, said he's sensitive to the situation, and it was discussed by owners, but there were number talks about emotional All-Star Weekend.

"The best role for the league to play here is through constructive engagement towards change," Silver said of working "behind closed doors" to affect modify of the law. "Not setting deadlines, not making ultimatums, but working with the private sector and government to affect modify in N Carolina."

Silver knows how complicated the issue is for the NBA with the Hornets playing in Charlotte.

"Where we discover ourselves right presently is that the current state of the law is problematic," he said. "... It'd be easy, in a way, to grandstand here and declare we're emotional the All-Star Game, even though that game isn't scheduled to get space for ten months. 

"We've a playoff game in Charlotte roughly a week from now, and I'm not sure what statement we'd be making about our team in NC if we announce the All-Star Game wouldn't be taking space in N Carolina, but our team continued to operate there."

Silver made it clear that the NBA -- which in two thousand-fourteenth had Jason Collins become the first openly homosexual athlete to play in one of the major professional sports leagues in N America -- doesn't tolerate discrimination of any kind.

"By number means are we saying we're stepping back," Silver said of emotional All-Star Weekend. "The message isn't that the current state of the affairs is OK for the league. Let me be clear: The current state of the law is problematic for the NBA in N Carolina. The discussion [with team owners] was how can we be most constructive in being a portion of the process that results in the kind of modify that we think is necessary. That's where we find ourselves."

NC Gov. Pat McCrory recently filed an executive order that extends protections to NC state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity. However, he left intact the bulk of the law regarding rights for lesbian, homosexual and transgender people. Friday'south announcement came as controversy over the law, which was signed by McCrory latest mo and proposes to limit protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people, continues.

The NBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Feb. seventeen at Time Warner Cable Arena and could inject $100 million into Charlotte'south economy, according to the Charlotte Observer.

"Ultimately, our interest is in conducting a successful All-Star Game in NC and having a team that can play in NC in a nondiscriminatory environment," Silver said. "I do think there is a special role for the NBA, something that's been a portion of the history of this league for many decades, and I'm pleased to have inherited that mantle.

"There was a sense in the room that this is much bigger than just an All-Star Game of the NBA. This is much bigger than the NBA."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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