April 25, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
Charlotte, NC – [Mitch Lawrence]: “Well, first Bruce Springsteen cancelled a concert in North Carolina to protest that state passing anti-discrimination-protection for the LGBT community. And now another boss with an equally powerful voice is also speaking up.
The boss we’re talking about is the Commissioner for the National Basketball Association, Adam Silver, who is moving toward taking next year’s All-Star Game in Charlotte and moving it elsewhere because of North Carolina’s so-called transgender bathroom law. This would be a major blow to the Charlotte economy, which would stand to lose 100 million dollars in revenue if the NBA pulls out of the home of the Hornets. Silver knows something about North Carolina, spending his college days at Duke University. These days he’s also a member of the Duke Board of Trustees. He usually makes the right calls on these kinds of issues. Remember, it was only two years ago, when, relatively new to his position, he ousted longtime Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling after he was found to have made racist comments about Magic Johnson and other African-American people. Although the league should have acted sooner to force Sterling to sell the team, Silver’s move to impose a lifetime ban was universally held. Now he’ll no doubt have the backing of his thirty owners, including Charlotte Order Michael Jordan, if there is no change in North Carolina’s law. The NBA has always had a track record of being the most progressive of all major sports leagues. Leaving Charlotte is the right thing to do. Adam Silver knows it, and he will act on it accordingly.” To hear the audio click the following link