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Charles Barkley: NBA should move All-Star game from Charlotte

2015 March Madness Music Festival - Day 3

2015 March Madness Music Festival - Day 3


North Carolina passed a law that allows discrimination against LGBT people.

The NBA’s response: publicly questioning whether the league would hold the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte.

Charles Barkley wants the NBA to go a step further.

Barkley on CNN:

I think the NBA should move the All-Star game from there next year. As a black person, I’m against any form of discrimination – against whites, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, however you want to phrase it. It’s my job, with the position of power that I’m in and being able to be on television, I’m supposed to stand up for the people who can’t stand up for themselves. So, I think the NBA should move the All-Star game from Charlotte.

Like Barkley, I find the law reprehensible. There should be no place for this type of discrimination in America (though sadly there is).

The NBA deserves tremendous credit for its statement. The league chose Charlotte for a reason, and to imply a new city could host the game shows conviction that extends beyond the bottom line.

I’m just not convinced moving the All-Star game is the best way to combat North Carolina’s codified injustice. The implied threat is a good start, but there’s still time for the state to repeal the law. The All-Star game is 10 months away.

Two companies – PayPal and Lionsgate – have already removed business from North Carolina as a result of this law. Others, including the NBA, could follow. The response is trending in the right direction.

Maybe moving the All-Star game will eventually be the right move, but for now, I’m satisfied with the steps the NBA has taken.