NBA: North Carolina LGBT law is problematic, but All-Star Game remains ih Charlotte

MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that, although North Carolina House Bill 2 is problematic for the league, the 2017 All-Star Game is still set for Charlotte.

The Tar Heel State has been embroiled in controversy since Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 into law last month, an ordinance that banned people from using bathrooms that don't match the sex indicated on their birth certificate.

Feeling the pressure on and off the court, the league has been asked to move the game from Charlotte amid the backlash. Silver told NBA owners and members of the media that the league is against discrimination of any kind, and hopes the NBA can work with lawmakers to "effect change."

"We do a lot of business in North Carolina," Silver said. "I have great faith in the state of North Carolina."

A reporter asked Silver point blank if a decision had been made about moving the All-Star Game. Silver skirted the question, simply restating that HB2 is problematic for the league, but they are not going to make any announcement about moving the much-anticipated event.

Silver said it would send a very confusing message to the Charlotte team and fans everywhere if they pull the game, but the team remains there doing business.

Prominent figures, including former NBA star Charles Barkley, also condemned the law limiting protections for LGBT people.

"As a black person, I'm against any form of discrimination -- against whites, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, however you want to phrase it," Barkley told CNN last week. "I think the NBA should move the All-Star Game from Charlotte."

The band Mumford and Sons played in Charlotte Thursday night and said they would be creating a charitable fund to support those who "make it their mission to pursue love and justice." The group also said they would be donating to a local LGBT organization.

Bruce Springsteen canceled his tour stop earlier this month, and Ringo Starr pulled out his show set for June, and Cirque du Soleil announced Friday it would also cancel all performances in North Carolina.

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators wrote to Silver earlier this week urging the organization to "take a stand" and move the All-Star Game away from Charlotte. Silver called the law "deeply concerning" and said he hoped the situation would be resolved soon. null
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