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NBA commissioner reiterates criticism of HB2, makes clear All-Star game will be moved if law not repealed

HB2National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver reiterated his criticism of HB2 this morning on the nationally broadcast ESPN radio program “Mike and Mike.” While Silver — who went to college at Duke — declined to set a deadline by which the law must be repealed in order to avoid cancellation of next year’s NBA All-Star game (which is scheduled to be played in Charlotte next February) — he also left little doubt that the game would, in fact, be moved to another state if HB2 is not repealed.

Silver said that it “would be problematic for us to move forward with our All-Star game if there is not a change in the law.” He also stated that the NBA has made it clear just “how problematic the law is that they passed in terms of its discriminatory nature” and that North Carolina leaders “know what’s at stake — at least in terms of the All-Star game.” Silver also stated that the NBA was standing by to let North Carolina lawmakers “do what they know they need to do” and that North Carolina “has always had a reputation as a progressive southern state” and that he believed “they’re going to do the right thing.”

You can listen to the entire interview by clicking here (the relevant section of the interview can be found at around the 1:07:00 mark of the podcast).

One Comment


  1. Alan

    April 22, 2016 at 7:51 am

    When you have a group of bigoted, homophobic, intransigent ideologues in power, the chances of them doing the right thing is just about nil. Berger, Stam et al., I’m sure have no intentions whatsoever of repealing HB2, even in light of the massive fiscal damage they have inflicted on our state. Nobody should be pleased about the fiscal train wreck they have brought upon us, but that appears to be the only avenue to force a change in their direction. Just how much damage will it take before they repeal it, if at all?

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