NBA pulls All-Star Game from NC over bathroom law

by Paulina Firozi | The Hill  |  published on July 22, 2016

The NBA has moved to pull the 2017 All-Star Game out of North Carolina in response to the state’s controversial law on bathroom use, Yahoo Sports reported Thursday.

The law mandates that transgender people use public restrooms that correspond to their sex at birth. The NBA made the decision after lawmakers and several vocal critics of the bill urged the league to consider changing the game’s location in protest of the law.

Democratic Sens. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Patty Murray (Wash.), along with Republican Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) sent a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in April.

“We cannot condone nor stand idly by as North Carolina moves to legalize and institutionalize discrimination against the LGBT community,” they wrote. “Nor should the NBA allow its premier annual event to be hosted in such a state.”

Silver himself had condemned the law.

  • mudguy1

    I will NOT take my wife of children to any sports event if they have signs like this. The NBA just showed that they care nothing about families and our values. Goodby to the NBA stick to basketball and keep the balls in the right bathroom.

  • grandmary42

    How foolish! They should stick to sports and not social engineering! I agree with NC, keep the bathrooms separate!

    • Rocky

      When anyone tells me I have no right to bathroom privacy the next step is no privacy anywhere. How can a minority as small as the lgbt community control this is mind boggling. If you look at the California apartment rental forced inspections you can see which way this country is headed. Let the people decide since it affects all of us now

      • Brenda Stephens

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    • Jo Ann Kowalski

      I agree the nba should let these transgenders into their locker and bathrooms. What if their children was sttacked then you would see the sports events cry. This country is going down to evil.

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