McCrory stands ground on HB2 after NBA decision, calls controversy 'PC BS'

Posted July 22, 2016

— As the fallout continues over the NBA’s decision to pull the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday fiercely defended House Bill 2 and accused the “political left in Charlotte” of generating controversy over the issue.

In a news conference Friday afternoon, McCrory admitted that he’s worried that other sports franchises or conventions could follow the NBA’s lead.

“Yeah, that’s why I’m calling it out as it is. We’ve got to call this as it is, and it is PC BS,” he said. “It has nothing to do with discrimination, because if it had to do with discrimination, the NBA would be canceling their games in China right now, and the NBA would not be playing in over 20 states that have the exact same laws that we have." House Bill 2 Complete coverage: House Bill 2

When it announced its plans to move the game from Charlotte on Thursday, the NBA released a statement saying it and the Charlotte Hornets had worked “diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change.”

McCrory said Friday that he’s had positive conversations with the NBA over the issue but said he disagrees with Commissioner Adam Silver’s “politics and his business decision in making this decision.”

"I think the other thing about this is this whole issue came from the left, the political left in Charlotte. It was meant to be used as a distraction against the incredible economic success that we're having in North Carolina,” McCrory said. “I don't think that this has anything to do with the bill that was passed. I think it has to do with a very well-coordinated political campaign that brought from outside North Carolina that was brought into Charlotte."

Data provided to the Charlotte City Council in 2015 suggested that the All-Star Game would have brought in about $100 million, including $60 million in visitor spending alone.

The All-Star Game is just the latest in a long list of athletic events and concerts that have been moved or canceled in reaction to the law.

Duke basketball and field hockey as well as University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill field hockey have all had to cancel games against the University of Albany because of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order banning publicly funded, non-essential travel to North Carolina.

The NCAA has also enacted anti-discrimination measures for any school hosting playoff events. Schools must prove they don't discriminate with their facilities and operations before they can host a sanctioned NCAA tournament.

McCrory said Friday that he wants sports organizations and other groups looking at hosting events in the state to respect the democratic and legal process over House Bill 2.

"I'm still not sure what this issue has to do with corporation or a sports and entertainment wanting to come to our state. It's a lot of propaganda and false information that has been directed toward our state, and I'm going to call people out on the misinformation that's been directed toward us,” he said.

Passed in March, House Bill 2 sets a statewide nondiscrimination standard that excludes LBGT individuals. It forbids cities and counties from applying broader standards in local ordinances or contracts.

The measure also requires transgender individuals to use the bathroom in schools and government buildings that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificates. While the measure doesn’t set policy for businesses, it prevents local governments from enacting laws like the one in Charlotte that required businesses to allow transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their choice.

The bill is now the subject of several lawsuits in federal courts. Those include a case brought on behalf of transgender individuals, as well as a federal suit seeking to have provisions of the law enjoined. State officials have also sued to ward off federal action. The U.S. Department of Justice has warned the state and the UNC system that federal funding could be at risk as a result of the law.

As process issues are sorted out, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder is scheduled to hold a hearing in Aug. 1 to determine whether the law should be put on hold while the legal battles are fought.


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  • Aiden Audric Jul 26, 2016
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    “Yeah, that’s why I’m calling it out as it is. We’ve got to call this as it is, and it is PC BS,” he said. “It has nothing to do with discrimination, because if it had to do with discrimination, the NBA would be canceling their games in China right now, and the NBA would not be playing in over 20 states that have the exact same laws that we have."

    So, attack citizens by mocking their dislike of the law.
    Then throw in a red herring argument.
    Exact same laws? Nope, not the exact same.

    Does this man hear himself talk?

  • Lee Outland Jul 25, 2016
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    Hi Maryland... The Obama edict??? Oh, you mean United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch's lawsuit against the State of NC over it's unconstitutional law passed in the wee hours of the night??? I agree, you are right... Why would they put all that "stuff" into their legal "edict". I am not an expert on U.S. Constitutional Law though, and neither are you, nor most of the posters on this site. I would have to say she must know what she is talking about, since she was approved by the Senate, including R's... And the majority of residents polled in NC says NO to it! Have a nice day, ma'am.

  • Russ Bullock Jul 25, 2016
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    Deny it all you want to Pat. The HB2 saga shows just how sneaky and dirty your party can be when it tries to dictate how everyone should live.

  • Jim Williams Jul 25, 2016
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    When did it become socially acceptable for men to go into the bathroom with little girls? The majority of America has lost all morality.

  • Ken Ackerman Jul 25, 2016
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    I just admire the way the Conservatives get all us little people arguing about inconsequential minutia while they pull the rug out from under our feet.

    Watch the documentary, "Requiem for the American Dream".

  • Judy Loftin Jul 24, 2016
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    The Obama edict put the showers, locker rooms, and motel room sharing in. Read that! NC says YES to HB2!

  • Lee Outland Jul 24, 2016
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    Ummm, you are not telling the truth!!! (You MAY be confused, but by reading some of the tripe you have been posting, I'd "bet" that you are merely lying... Shall we start referring to you as "Lyin' Allen"? Has a nice ring to it... ;-)
    Commenters should be able to back up their statements with facts, including quoted text and citations from publications they got their fact from... I read the City of Charlotte ordinance when the HB2 first got rushed through NCGA. Nothing about allowing men to shower with ladies and girls. But I looked at HB2's language and it is rife with references to showers and lockers rooms and BIOLOGICAL SEX!!!! (oh, my!) Even a simple-minded rube could see through this garbage law's language as much adoo about nothing! That is, if the simple-minded rube would just read the legislation... Maybe THAT is the problem, "conservative voters" have abdicated their responsibility to hold their leaders accountable. Sad...

  • Pei Nisiniu Jul 23, 2016
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    Don't worry, we don't need him to admit he made a mistake. He won't be there in 6 months, so it will be a non-issue.

  • Pei Nisiniu Jul 23, 2016
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    We get it. And you are so sure that this would happen, that you feel losing a few hundred million dollars in revenue is worth the assurances that it won't.

  • Sam Nada Jul 23, 2016
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    I'd happily take your bet, but you can't have one without the other. If you use birth certificates to determine bathrooms then you end up with those "females" I linked in women's bathrooms as well. Tell me with a straight face that women or their husbands and fathers are in favor of that arrangement. The voters know what HB2 means and they're overwhelmingly against it. Besides, the NCGA GOP didn't pass it for that bathroom section, that's just a cover to dupe their ignorant supporters. But in the end it's a Constitutional and legal matter, and the courts will decide.

    No head explosions here. Trumpty Dumpty doesn't have a prayer.