NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced yesterday that he has decided to move the 2017 NBA out of Charlotte, due to North Carolina’s controversial HB2 bathroom bill, which prohibits transgender citizens from using the bathroom for the gender of which they identify.
The NBA formally released a statement confirming the decision, which stated, in part:
“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.”
The NBA issued the following statement today regarding the 2017 NBA All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/2yo1YDA2Un
— NBA (@NBA) July 21, 2016
The move by Silver to take away the All Star Game away from a city due to a politically charged issue is unprecedented, but he’s shown in his brief time as commish that he’s not averse to taking swift action in the face of controversy.
When audio tapes surfaced of former Clippers owner Donald Sterling using racist language and racial slurs in 2014, Silver quickly moved to ban Sterling from the NBA for life and force the sale of the Clippers.
Today in the Herd, Colin noted that the public wants strong leaders like Silver, until they say something that doesn’t fall in line with their opinions.
“Here’s what we know about Adam Silver. Gambling, first week on the job, ‘I’m for it.’ Whoa, whoa! ‘Yeah, I said I’m for it.’ Donald Sterling, gone. Charlotte All Star Game, out of here. You all want, the polling illustrates. you want strong leaders, and when you have one, you don’t like him unless you agree with him.”
Even though the All Star Game has been taken from Charlotte for 2017, the NBA has stated that if HB2 is repealed, it will award the 2019 All Star Game to the city.