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North Carolina’s governor is angry that the NBA doesn’t like his anti-LGBT law

Gov. Pat McCrory refuses to accept that he is to blame

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (Photo: NCDOTcommunications, via Wikimedia).

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (Photo: NCDOTcommunications, via Wikimedia).

“It’s an insult to our city. It’s an insult to our state. And I think it sets a dangerous precedent.”

–North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R), in an interview with Charlotte radio station WFAE, complaining about his state losing out on the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. The NBA announced last week that the game would not take place in Charlotte due to North Carolina’s anti-LGBT HB2 law, which McCrory supported.

The NBA noted that they “cannot choose the law in every city, state and country in which we do business,” but that HB2 — which, among other things, forces trans people to use a restroom that matches their birth gender — clearly violates the NBA’s core values of “diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others.”

McCrory called the decision to pull the game from Charlotte “total P.C. B.S.”

“It’s an insult to our city,” McCrory said. “It’s an insult to our state. And I think it sets a dangerous precedent of the corporate sports and entertainment elite basically asking for a quid pro quo on legislation or else they’ll deny their service.”

HB2 has already cost North Carolina, with Charlotte losing an estimated $285 million and 1,300 jobs because of it, numerous singers and bands pulling out of concerts in the state, and several cities banning official travel to the state.

Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's managing editor. He can be reached at rmarr@metroweekly.com.

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