Caitlin Cruz, Charles Barkley: NBA Should Pull All-Star Game From NC After Anti-LGBT Bill (VIDEO), Talking Points Memo


Former NBA star Charles Barkley told CNN Wednesday that the National Basketball Association should pull the league’s 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina after the state eliminated local governments’ ability to pass anti-discrimination measures in late March.


“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,” Barkley said in an interview surfaced by to-stand-up-for-the-peopl-1769530974?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow”>Deadspin. “So, I think the NBA should move the All-Star game from Charlotte.”

Barkley said Atlanta has expressed interest in hosting the game.

This isn’t the first time Barkley said sporting events should move from states which pass discriminatory legislation. In March 2015, the two-time Olympic gold medalist said the National Collegiate Athletic Association should pull the March Madness Final Four tournament from Indiana after Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a “religious freedom” bill into law.

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