Even you don’t follow basketball, you probably heard the NBA decided to move its All-Star Game out of North Carolina on Thursday. This move came because of North Carolina’s anti-transgender law, House Bill 2, which forces trans people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate. People smarter than me have dissected why this law is despicable and discriminatory, so I trust you’ll read them on why laws like this need to be kept off the books. While the NBA, and many of its member teams, issued statements like this: "Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which
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I'm a sportswriter, not a political columnist. The last thing I expected to write about when I got into this profession was about how sports and politics intersect, and whether or not they should at all. There are many things I claim to know a lot about. Sports — particularly the Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Panthers. Animals — especially dogs. GIFs. Social media. Video games. The Marvel Cinematic Universe. Politics, especially in a case like this, is not one of those things. I figured the NBA moving the All-Star Game from Charlotte was coming and that it would happen sooner rather than later. That doesn’t make it hurt any less, though the NBA admitting that will try to return the All-Star