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Report: NBA ‘on brink’ of moving All-Star Game from North Carolina

Vincent Frank
Adam Silver

The NBA has been clear that it will not stand for the discrimination of fans that support its brand.

Commissioner Adam Silver has also continued to rail against an anti-LGBT law in North Carolina that discriminates against a certain sector of society.

So it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that the NBA is on the brink of moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte in protest of the law.

Silver himself concluded back in April that if North Carolina didn’t change its law, the NBA would indeed move the game.

“We’ve been, I think, crystal clear a change in the law is necessary for us to play in the kind of environment that we think is appropriate for a celebratory NBA event,” the commissioner said. “But if we did have some time and that if the view of the people who were allied with us in terms of a change, if their view, the people on the ground in North Carolina, was that the situation would best be served by us not setting a deadline, we would not set a deadline at this time.”

It appears that deadline is right about now.

Silver has led the NBA to a new era in which it hasn’t remained quiet on the most substantive issues surrounding American society. It’s this type of progression that has made the Association a model for other leagues around the United States.

For the NBA, it’ all about inclusion. If those who support its brand are being discriminated against by outside forces — situations that directly involve the NBA — it’s simply not going to sit idly by. Holding the All-Star Game in North Carolina would have done just that.