NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Thursday that the 2017 NBA All-Star Game will be moved from Charlotte if the North Carolina’s LGBT law remains unchanged.
Silver said that he did not expect such warning of relocating the 2017 NBA-All Star Game would lead to a more meaningful purpose. Silver had already talked to several political and business leaders and they said that his move has a strong possibility to change the existing law in North Carolina.
Here is Adam Silver’s statement during a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors reported in USA Today:
“The sense was that if the NBA could give us some time, they in the community of North Carolina were optimistic they would see a change in the law. They weren’t guaranteeing it and I think which was why my response was the event still is 10 months from now, we don’t need to make a decision yet.”
“We’ve been, I think, crystal clear that we believe a change in the law is necessary for us to play in the kind of environment that we think is appropriate for a celebratory NBA event, but that we did have some time and that if the view of the people who were allied with us in terms of a change, if their view, the people on the ground in North Carolina, was that the situation would best be served by us not setting a deadline, we would not set a deadline at this time.”
Other entertainers like Bruce Springsteen had canceled their shows in North Carolina because of the existing LGBT law, where it’s strongly imposing that people should use bathrooms based on their real sex identity. Also, it excludes the LGBT community from anti-discrimination protections.
Silver said that the decision Charlotte had to make was not in a hurry since they can easily look for another location if the ruling didn’t turn on their favor.
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