As North Carolina continues to push against progress by holding firm on their Anti-LGBTQ law, more and more corporations and big names attempt to distance themselves from the state. Following in the footsteps of Bruce Springsteen and Paypal, the National Basketball Association came out today and stated that if North Carolina doesn’t change it’s tune on this law, they will go elsewhere for their All-Star Game next season.
As an accepting, sane person, I applaud the NBA on this move. There’s no room in the present or future for this type of bigotry, and it takes a huge national organization, like the NBA, taking a stand where change can really be fast tracked. And looking at it from a country, “doing the right thing” standpoint, it’s nice to see a sports league come out like this. There’s much more to this, however. Yes, I’m happy as an American sports fan that this is the case, but I’m even prouder as an NBA fan that this league continues to be an example of how a league should be run.
Say what you will about pressure on the NBA to make this move, it’s still the right one. Even with situation like the Rondo homophobic incident, the NBA as a league is still doing everything it can to be on the right side of history. Since taking over for David Stern, league Commissioner Silver has proven time and time again that he’s the perfect man for the job. While leagues like the NFL and Commissioner Goodell struggle to take a stand against domestic abusers like Greg Hardy, and Gary Bettman and company at the NHL becoming more and more distant from Concussion reality by the day, it’s a breath of fresh air to see the NBA being progressive like this. That said, Silver came into his job on the cliff of the Donald Sterling racism scandal, which allowed Silver to show his chops right off the bat. Regardless of how you feel that was handled, he learned, and has been nearly flawless since.
In a time where it’s becoming harder and harder to be an avid fan of these American (or North American for NHL) sports leagues, good stories like this need to be shouted from the rooftops. I believe I speak for everyone here at PCU in saying, good on you NBA, thank you for being on the right side of history.