Last week, the NBA announced its decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, after months of warning state lawmakers that they would pull the game if changes weren’t made to the state’s anti-LGBT legislation.
In March, Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, now known simply as HB2, which outlaws transgender people from using public restrooms in accordance with their gender identity and bans local ordinances that would in any way protect gay people from discrimination in housing, employment or accommodation.
“It is also important to stress that the City of Charlotte and the Hornets organization have sought to provide an inclusive environment and that the Hornets will continue to ensure that all patrons — including members of the LGBT community — feel welcome while attending games and events in their arena,” the league said in a statement.
The Hornets and chairman Michael Jordan issued a statement on Thursday saying “we understand the NBA’s decision” and are “pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star Weekend again as soon as an opportunity was available in 2019.”
However, Felix Sabates, a member of the ownership group of Chip Ganassi Racing and of the Charlotte Hornets NBA team, was furious with the NBA’s decision. He sent an email to the ownership grouping blasting the league, the Charlotte City Council and transgender activists.
“Shame on those responsible for such a short sighted decision to take the NBA All Star away from Charlotte I always thought this was country that ALL peoples not just a few can determine our future,” he wrote in the email that was obtained by the Charlotte Observer.
“Our Mayor opened a can of worms, who knows why?” Sabates wrote. “One Our city council is the one to blame for our losing the NBA All Star game, none of this would have happened if not for a very few minority forcing our supposed city leaders into creating a problem that never really existed, there will always be another election, they better pray a very few can get them re-elected.”
“What is wrong with a person using a bathroom provided for the sex the were born with, if you want to change your gender so be it, we are a free county, but don’t force 8 years old children to be exposed to having to share bathroom facilities with people that don’t share the organs they were Bourne (sic) with, this is plain wrong, this could cause irreparable damages to a children’s that don’t understand why they have to see what God did not mean for them to witness, we have some very confused business as well as political humans that frankly have made this a political issue rather then (sic) moral issues, SHAME ON THEM.”