The NBA pulled it’s All-Star game out of Charlotte, North Carolina over House Bill 2 (HB2).
The NBA said it was discriminatory to hold their event at an arena where men couldn’t pee alongside women, so they moved it from NC’s Time Warner Arena to Louisiana’s Smoothie King Arena.
There’s a bit of a problem with that move. It does nothing.
NC Values Coalition explained in a statement they issued yesterday; emphasis added:
North Carolina Values Coalition Statement on Move of NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans:
“It is ironic that the NBA would choose to relocate their All-Star game from Charlotte to the State of Louisiana since in June the state joined North Carolina and 22 other states to stop President Obama’s transgender bathroom directive granting boys access into girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities in schools and universities. Although the Supreme Court this month found the directive troublesome when issuing a stay on transgender bathroom access, the League continues to deny common sense biological differences between men and women so it can advance a political agenda that grants grown men access into the bathrooms and showers of young girls over protecting the privacy and safety of their fans.
NC Values Coalition telephone conversations with the customer service staff at the Smoothie King Center box office last month indicated the arena in New Orleans has the same bathroom policies as Time Warner Arena in Charlotte. Commissioner Silver and the NBA should be ashamed of themselves for continuing to use North Carolina—particularly its young girls—as a political pawn for an out-of-touch agenda that compromises both dignity and privacy rights.” – Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of North Carolina Values Coalition
The statement also included Background Information:
A poll released on August 19, 2016 by Civitas Institute found 51% of North Carolina unaffiliated voters polled August 11-14, 2016 showed support for House Bill 2. They agreed with the statement, “House Bill 2 offers protection of individual privacy and safety in public restrooms and locker rooms, and protects the rights of business owners to make workplace decisions without government interference.”
The NBA’s decision came despite the right to sue for employment discrimination being restored in North Carolina. That issue was allegedly what the NBA was so upset about in the first place.
In fact, the deal that the NBA was trying to strike with NC leaders didn’t even include the bathroom access issue.
The NBA are big, fat hypocrites.