Adam Silver, an NBA Commissioner has stated that the 2017 All-Star Game will be moved from Charlotte if the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender or LGBT law in North Carolina continues to remain unchanged.
Silver explained that North Carolina’s LGBT law is “problematic” as it stands but he is confident that law officials will alter it in order to “do the right thing.” He stated that the NBA has been clear that changes to the law must be made in order for NBA events to be held in the right environment.
When discussing the LGBT law on the Mike & Mike morning show on ESPN, Silver reinforced the fact that NBA would prefer to collaborate with local businesses and governments to change the law rather than setting ultimatums regarding the 2016 All-Star Game, which is supposed to take place in Charlotte.
Bruce Springsteen and other celebrities have canceled their upcoming events in North Carolina because of the House Bill 2. House Bill 2 implements a policy in North Carolina that bans individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological gender. Additionally, the bill reserves the right to pass nondiscrimination legislation to the state government.
Mike Golic of the Mike & Mike morning show asked Silver what he would do if he were in Springsteen’s shoes. Since the NBA has a North Carolina team and has planned to host playoffs in Charlotte, he is faced with a challenging situation. He expressed that he is unsure of how the public would perceive a decision to move the game away from Charlotte but the NBA is content with playing the playoffs in the city.
Silver does not believe that pulling the All-Star game from Charlotte would send the right message because the Charlotte Hornets, owned by Michael Jordan continue to play in Charlotte.
Silver stated that a change in the LGBT law is the most important thing to the NBA. He has little tolerance for discrimination and is optimistic that the law will change. He praised North Carolina, calling it an “incredible state” that has always been progressive and known for doing the right thing.