The NBA has spoken! And the organization has made it BEYOND clear that they are not going to tolerate North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law. The basketball empire even threatened the state, saying they may lose the 2017 All-Star game. Yikes!
NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, is not taking North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law lightly. In fact, he blatantly gave the Southern state a serious ultimatum: either change your anti-LGBT law or the NBA may pull out of the city of Charlotte’s 2017 All-Star game. Sound harsh? Acts such as Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, 66, and Cirque du Soleil have already boycotted the state. Is the NBA next?
“We’ve been working very closely with the business community down there and the governor and the legislatures to make it clear that it would be problematic for us to move forward with our All-Star game if there is not a change in the law,” Adam said in an interview with ESPN’s Mike & Mike radio show on April 21. You tell em, Adam!
The controversial bill that Adam was referring to, prevents local municipalities from passing anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. The bill, which was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory just last month, also requires transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate. And seriously, the backlash from this law has been HUGE so far.
Adam also told Mike & Mike that the league decided its warning could be most effective if it did not set a specific deadline for pulling out of Charlotte. The commissioner himself actually lived in North Carolina while attending Duke University, and described the state as “incredible,” with a reputation as being a progressive Southern state.
“I believe they’re going to do the right thing,” he told the radio show. “And I think they’ve heard loud and clearly from the NBA. They know what’s at stake in terms of the All-Star game. But I think, at least at the moment, constructive engagement on our part is the best way to go, as opposed to putting a gun to their head and saying, ‘Do this or else.’” Good strategy, Adam! We hope NC listens. After all, they’ve already lost millions since passing this new law.
Raleigh alone has lost over $3 million and seven events in Charlotte have been cancelled, resulting in a projected loss of 1,635 hotel rooms and $226,857 in direct spending over the next four years, according to data from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. Ouch! Not to mention, performers such as Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr, 75, have boycotted the state, refusing to perform there.
What do you think HollywoodLifers: should the NBA pull their All-Star game from North Carolina? Would you be offended if they DIDN’T?