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The NBA announced it will be hosting the 2017 All-Star game in another state over their concerns with North Carolina's controversial "Bathroom Law."
The league released a statement that read in part:
"Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community - current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans. While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."
I am loathe to express my personal political opinions on sports websites, but I applaud the NBA for taking a stand on this issue. It does appear officials from the NBA tried to work with officials from North Carolina to come up with a compromise, but they just weren't able to do so.
Current and former NBA players seem to be avoiding stating their opinions on record like they would the plague. That might be because this is an extremely tricky subject and many in the media are just waiting to pounce on a player who expresses their political opinions.
Thank goodness I'm not a basketball star because I have no problem praising the NBA for standing up for all Americans regardless of their sexual orientation.