NBA legend Charles Barkley has called on the NBA to pull its 2017 Allstar game out of Charlotte, NC after the state passed one of the harshest anti-LGBTQ bills in the nation.
In an interview with CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield, Barley called on America’s largest basketball league to stand up for those who were being prosecuted.
“I think the NBA should move the All-Star Game from there next year,” Barkley told Whitfield. ”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.”
North Carolina’s HB 2 has lead to a number of economic disasters for the Tar Heel state. PayPal recently pulled out of a 3 million expansion set for Charlotte, but Gov. Pat McCrory has doubled down on his commitment to the bill which removed protections for LGBTQ individuals and forces transgender students and citizens to use the bathroom aligned with their birth gender, not their gender identity.
Barkley also shared his views on the 2016 race, saying he wasn’t inspired by any candidate, even the democrats which he said he usually supports.
“It’s become about rich people screwing poor people,” he said. “Poor people in this country don’t have the same economic opportunity, they’re not in the same neighborhoods, they don’t have the same schools. So I just feel saddened because their job as politicians is to take care of the people. So I feel sadness more than anything, about how they’re dividing us up.”