Not happy with the state of North Carolina’s recent passing of House Bill 2. Former NBA All-Star, Charles Barkley, has come out urging the NBA to relocate next year’s all-star game. House Bill 2 is known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, restricts LGBT people to use the restroom of the gender specified on their birth certificate, not the restroom that they recognize their self as.
Barkley was interviewed by CNN’s, Fredricka Whitfield, and expressed his thoughts of the North Carolina bill.
“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.”
The city of Atlanta has offered to host the All-Star game if the NBA decides to change locations, and in response they released the following statement,
“We appreciate the invitation but are hopeful that the city of Charlotte and the state of North Carolina can work through their differences far in advance of the 2017 All-Star Game.”