Yesterday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver officially announced the decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC after the state’s lawmakers failed to repeal the controversial LGBT law.
This morning, Vermont senator and former presidential candidate (and noted NBA fan) Bernie Sanders tweeted his support for the NBA’s decision with a hilarious GIF.
Great move by the NBA pulling next year’s All-Star Game from NC. We must stand with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. pic.twitter.com/UF5DkJpPg6
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 22, 2016
The NBA All-Star Game is just one of several major sporting events that are affected by the HB2 law. The NCAA approved a new nondiscrimination policy in the wake of HB2’s passage that could affect Greensboro and Charlotte’s status as men’s NCAA Tournament hosts in 2017 and 2018.