NBA Commish: ‘Necessary’ To Change Bathroom Law To Hold All-Star Game in Charlotte

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver put his foot down on Thursday, asserting that for the 2017 All-Star Game be held in Charlotte, it is “necessary” that North Carolina change its law mandating people use only public restrooms corresponding to their biological sex in government buildings.

This moves the discussion to a more definitive stance than the NBA adopted earlier in the month. In an apparent threat, Silver said that he did not know what impact the “discriminatory law” would have on the league’s ability to showcase the game in the Tar Heel state. Silver added that the law is “problematic for the NBA in North Carolina.”

According to Dan Feldman at NBC Sports, “The league is so far ahead on this issue, it deserves praise rather than nitpicking over an evolving message.” He believes that the NBA could still hold the All-Star Game weekend in Charlotte because of viability issues, but that is unlikely given the amount of time before the event scheduled for next February.

NBA icon Charles Barkley and Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy already called for the game to be moved from Charlotte. Entertainers Bruce Springsteen, Boston, and Pearl Jam have also canceled concerts in North Carolina in protest of the law. Recently PayPal jettisoned its plan for a global operations center in Charlotte, which likely cost the state up to 400 new jobs.

Friday, President Obama speaking in London weighed in on the issue saying he thinks that the laws in North Carolina and the “religious freedom law” in Mississippi are “wrong and should be overturned.” Admitting that they are crafted by good people, he stated, “Although I respect their different viewpoints, I think it’s very important for us not to send signals that anybody is treated differently.”

12 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Chris Baker says:

    Aren’t women reporters permitted in the men’s dressing rooms? I believe the NBA needs to rethink that policy too. I wonder how many men athletes have been “exposed” to the female media. Men are men, women are women and it should stay that way as far as restrooms are concerned.

  • mydogpopo says:

    Who gives a crap…….could care less if I see another nba game…….maybe his wife can go into the restroom with 3 or 4 homos for say 30 mins, what say you?

  • Obama says:

    This douche bag commish looks like he was in a Nazi concentration camp.

  • Bob in Florida says:

    Now we’ll see whether the North Carolina legislature was voting on principal; or, if they will allow the potential revenue loss of kicking the NBA All-Star game out of Charlotte change their mind.

    My thought is that NC should seize the initiative – don’t let the NBA call the shots – tell the NBA their game is no longer welcome in Charlotte. Now the NBA has no option – they have to start scrambling to change their plans.

  • mike says:

    Wow there sure are a lot of pervs in the nba

  • Rodney Steward says:

    The NBA needs to be careful with their continuing stupidity, their rating are at an all time low right now, and everyone is tired of all this queer BS!

  • psychosally says:

    why?-are most of the players and fans of the nba homosexuals and transgenders-if I were N Carolina I’d tell ya to take your crap to san francisco with the other idiots

  • itsfun says:

    Tell the NBA to go to hell. Who needs them other than the players making millions.

    1. I Seigel says:

      I agree with you. But there are lots of businesses – hotels, restaurants, sightseeing companies and destinations, ad agencies – and workers who depend on those 40 home games a year, plus hopefully playoff games, as a huge part of their yearly income. And how will the taxpayers pay off those huge bonds that they funded so that the billionaires could have their arena in the first place? Blake Shelton concerts and Monster Truck rallies won’t pay for that!

      1. itsfun says:

        If the NBA took the route of blackmailing, there may be just a few legalities they would be held responsible for. They would have to be very careful, because blackmail is a crime. We can’t allow the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL or any business to dictate what laws we can pass.

        1. I Seigel says:

          Oh please. Look up the definition of blackmail. A boycott isn’t the same as blackmail. Perfectly legal. If I don’t like the rules, I’ll just take my ball and go play somewhere else. Nothing illegal about that.

    2. Chris Baker says:

      The NBA is the tail wagging the dog. I think the people, not an extreme minority should rule….anywhere, or about anything.

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