Former NBA Great and TNT Analyst Says He May Have to Boycott
Charles Barkley says the NBA must move the All-Star Game out of North Carolina next year because of the anti-LGBT law HB2. The former NBA great who is now a respected analyst for TNT was careful to not issue a personal ultimatum, but said, “we need to move the All-Star Game.”
Barkley made his remarksÂ on the “Dan Patrick Show,” after being asked,Â â€œWill you consider boycotting the All-Star Game?â€
â€œYes,â€ Barkley responded. â€œI told my boss, I donâ€™t want to act like Iâ€™m jumping on a sword, but Iâ€™ve talked to Adam Silver, we need to move the All-Star Game,â€ he said, speaking of the NBA Commissioner.
â€œI hope they donâ€™t put me in a situation where I have to boycott the All-Star Game,â€ he said, respectfully, but added, again, â€œwe need to move the All-Star Game.â€
HB2 bans transgender people from using restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. It also bans local governments from passing laws protecting LGBT people or anyone not already protected at the state level, and nullifies existing minority protections, including those for veterans.Â
Additionally, HB2 bans local governments in North Carolina from passing laws on employment discrimination, and ban them from regulating the minimum wage.
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During his press conference Wednesday afternoon President Joe Biden blasted the Republican Party, suggesting they stand for nothing.
“Think about this: What are Republicans for?” the President asked. “What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.”
“And so, the problem here is, I think what I have to do,” Biden said, noting a change in tactics, “I have to make clear to the American people what we are for,” referring to his Democratic Party.
Republicans during the 2020 presidential election literally stood for nothing: they didn’t bother to craft a 2020 platform.
“What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.” — President Biden pic.twitter.com/b9V8NwUzwC
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News via HuffPost’s senior politics reporter Jennifer Bendery:
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YES HIS OFFICE SENT IT OUT IN ALL CAPS
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He’s not sitting with his own party.
Manchin is talking to Romney both seated in the back of the Senate chamber on the Republican side of the aisle ahead of the WV Senator’s floor speech.
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