RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the basketball league made a business decision that North Carolina’s law limiting anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people makes holding its 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte untenable.
Silver’s letter to Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger was released by the congressman’s office Thursday, along with a response signed by 17 House conservatives. The Republican lawmaker’s district includes Charlotte, which last week lost the annual event and its economic impact of about $100 million.
Conservatives say the law protects women and girls from being molested by heterosexual men posing as transsexual women.
Silver says it wasn’t the NBA’s preference to move next year’s game from North Carolina, but it has to make business judgments to ensure the events will succeed.
Pittenger calls that hypocritical, saying the NBA is penalizing Charlotte while staging preseason games in China, where human rights abuses abound.