NBA legend Charles Barkley is no stranger to wading into LGBT issues, last year criticizing the state of Indiana for enacting an anti-LGBT law that was ultimately rescinded (really, really fast).
Now Barkley is on the record on North Carolina after an interview with CNN: The NBA has a duty to pull its 2017 All-Star event out of the hate state:
I think the NBA should move the All-Star game from there next year. As a black person I'm against any form of discrimination, against whites, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, however you want to phrase it. It's my job, with the position of power that I'm in and being able to be on television, I'm supposed to stand up for the people who can't stand up for themselves. So I think the NBA should move the All-Star game from Charlotte.
I have a new campaign for 2016: Charles Barkley for NBA Commissioner. While current commissioner Adam Silver has failed to make a move with the All-Star game, its departure would have already been announced by commissioner Barkley.
Your move, Silver. Your move.