Little sampling of the reaction to the NBA’s decision to pull the 2107 All-Star game from Charlotte over HB2:
“I strongly disagree with their decision. To put it bluntly it’s total P.C. BS. It’s an insult to our city and an insult to our state.”
Knicks forwrd Carmelo Anthony:
Aside from all the politics, I feel bad for MJ [Michael Jordan] because I knew what that was going to do for the city of Charlotte,” Anthony said. “It was definitely going to boost everything. For him being able to bring All-Star weekend to Charlotte. I feel bad for him and for the NBA, too. We as players didn’t think it was going to get to this. It’s unfortunate. It’s a big decision for the NBA to pull it away from Charlotte. I guess we’ll see what happens from here now.”
If Charlotte didn’t have the power to hold the state government accountable for its laws, the NBA and its billion-dollar business would. It was surprising because we rarely see corporations act on threats like this. It was encouraging because it comes at a time when hostile rhetoric has escalated all over the country, and in this case, hostility had real consequences.
Critics will complain that the NBA is advancing its own progressive agenda, injecting politics into entertainment that’s supposed to be an escape from the real world, etc. But this really wasn’t about Democrats and Republicans. This was about basic decency, and sanity.
Rep. Robert Pittenger, in a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver—wanting to know why the league is selling ticket in a country “who has flagrantly violated human rights.”
Attorney General Roy Cooper, via Twitter:
— courtney francisco (@cjfranciscowccb) July 21, 2016
News & Record’s Doug Clark:
Speaking of the ACC tourney, we should anticipate losing those events, too — Charlotte in 2019, Greensboro in 2020 — if HB 2 remains state law.
No wonder Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski made national news when he called the law “embarrassing.”
Sure to be more.