“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 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.
Watch the full interview at http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/charles-barkley-nba-should-pull-all-star-game-from-charlotte