Adam Silver: No discussion about moving ASG from Charlotte
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said there were no discussions during this year’s owners’ meetings about moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, reports CBS Sports’ Ken Berger.
The idea for the move arose after the passage of a controversial North Carolina law requiring public school and university students to use public bathrooms according to the gender stated on their birth certificates. The law has been criticized as being anti-LGBT.
“The current state of the law is problematic for the league,” Silver told reporters Friday. “But we’re not making any announcements now. We can be most constructive by working with elected officials to affect change.”
The league released a statement March 24 regarding the North Carolina legislation, suggesting it could impact its ability to hold the annual events at Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena, the home of the Hornets.
In February, the Charlotte city council passed an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance allowing transgender people to use public facilities based on the gender with which they identify, which was set to go into effect April 1 but revoked after North Carolina governor Pat McCrory signed the new state-level legislation.
The bill also denies state municipalities from introducing new LGBT protection measures in response, such as building multi-stall transgender bathrooms. Only transgender people who have had biological sex changes on their birth certificates are exempt under the new law.