NBA Isn't Playing Around Over North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law

NBA Isn't Playing Around Over North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law

The league is considering nixing Charlotte from hosting 2017 All-Star Game.

Published March 25, 2016

Seems like the NBA is taking a page out of the NFL's play book here.

A few days after the NFL warned the Atlanta Falcons about losing their chance to host a Super Bowl if Georgia passes an anti-gay bill, the NBA is expressing similar concerns in North Carolina.

The NBA is casting doubt about the Michael Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets hosting the 2017 All-Star Game due to the North Carolina House Bill 2, which prevents the state's cities from passing anti-LGBT discrimination laws of their own, as reported by Deadspin.

“The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who attend our games and events," the league said in a statement Thursday night, as reported by Deadspin. "We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte.”

Obviously, just like the Super Bowl, the NBA All-Star Weekend is a huge revenue generator to whatever city is hosting it, so it will be interesting to see how North Carolina handles this and if Jordan himself gets involved to help ensure that the All-Star Game gets played in Charlotte next February.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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