Stephen Curry ‘Disappointed’ That NBA Pulled All-Star Game From Charlotte
July 21 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
Charlotte is dead as an NBA All-Star Game destination for 2017, a victim of North Carolina's discriminatory anti-LGBT law.
New Orleans now leads the conversation as to which city will get it, but that's premature while Charlotte still mourns. It's perhaps if not the biggest, then certainly the most high-profile blow to North Carolina, where the controversy over transgender access to restroom facilities has reached its apex.
'Twas the bathroom law that killed the All-Stars.
Stephen Curry, whose father played in Charlotte and who still has strong ties there, heard the news during press conference in California. Curry is a 6-1 favorite to win the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament, which begins Friday.
"It's very -- wow, I didn't know that," said Curry when a reporter asked him about Charlotte losing the All-Star Game.
"Without talking more about the law -- I've kind of spoken about that before. But just from a guy that's grown up in Charlotte and that is basically my hometown, it's disappointing for the city not to be able to celebrate the game of basketball as they had planned. I obviously understand Adam Silver's decision."
Curry is relatively conflicted over this issue: But he's as far removed from North Carolina politics now as a person can be. Curry is ensconced in the San Francisco Bay Area, until recently living in the East Bay town of Orinda, practically next door to the University of California-Berkeley. (He's now in Walnut Creek).
In April Curry said this about North Carolina's transgender law, passed in March (via Bay Area Newsgroup):
“I knew I would be asked about my views on the situation in North Carolina and potential ramifications on next year’s All-Star Game in Charlotte, which I hope can be resolved,” Curry said. “While I don’t know enough about the North Carolina law to comment more fully, no one should be discriminated against.”
His home state’s new law, passed by North Carolina legislators last month, requires transgendered people to use the bathrooms and locker rooms matching the gender of their birth. It is a petty, offensive, tone-deaf law. It was reportedly crafted in a hasty response to a new ordinance in Charlotte — Curry’s hometown — that, among other things, protects transgenders in their decision to use the bathroom of their choice.
Curry would love to distance himself from the entire thing, but as he said on Thursday, he can't avoid the questions.
"I have to kind of think about it some more. It's really fresh, Curry said. "I was kind of still planning on going to Charlotte."