DALLAS — From Michael Sam to the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, the spectacle of social issues and sports colliding is nothing new. The latest hot button topic concerns a new law passed in North Carolina that allows discrimination against LGBT people, among other things.
The law will force transgender people to use public restrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates.
The controversial law has created a lot of backlash, specifically in the world of sports. Next year’s NBA All-Star game is scheduled to be played in Charlotte, but at least one prominent member of the basketball community is crying foul and wants the game relocated.
“As a black person, I’m against any form of discrimination — against whites, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, however you want to phrase it,” Hall of Famer and basketball analyst Charles Barkley said. “I’m supposed to stand up for the people who can’t stand up for themselves.”
Now other cities are looking to steal next year’s All-Star Game.
Here in Dallas, the charge is being led by city council member Philip Kingston, “North Carolina’s really stepped in it. Whatever kind of business we can take from those shoeless hillbillies we’d be glad to.”
Kingston and the City of Dallas has made it clear they want to attract LGBT business to Big D, “Dallas isn’t just a place where LGBT people are welcomed, it’s a place that actively seeks workers, businesses and residents who are LGBT.”
With the NBA now expressing “deep concern” about next year’s All-Star festivities, it appears to be game-on for Dallas to turn this out of bounds North Carolina law into a slam dunk.