Outsports.com, a website which bills itself as "the galactic leader in gay sports," has posted an editorial criticizing NBA superstar Stephen Curry.
The criticism is based on Curry's response to a North Carolina bill, HB2, which was just signed into law. The law directs all public schools, government agencies and public college campuses to require that multiple-occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities, such as locker rooms, be designated for use only by people based on their "biological sex" stated on their birth certificate.
The 2017 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled to be played in Charlotte. After HB2 was signed by North Carolina governor Pat McCrory, the NBA issued a statement:
The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who attend our games and events. We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte.
When asked about the law by the San Jose Mercury News, Curry, a point guard for the Golden State Warriors and a devout Christian who grew up in Charlotte, said the following:
I know the NBA has a stance on equality and incorporating all the beliefs and people from all sorts of backgrounds. It's interesting how that intersection is with the state law and the NBA having an event there. Hopefully, the right things need to happen that the All-Star Game stays in Charlotte, because that would be huge for the city...just to show what Charlotte's all about, regardless of where you fall on that law. Hopefully they can figure it out and keep it there. I think it's really important for the city of Charlotte. I'm sure we can figure it out.
Writing in Outsports.com, Jim Buzinski, a co-founder of the site, was critical of Curry:
Saying he hopes the right things happen "regardless of where you fall on that law" shows that Curry doesn't know this issue has no compromise. The anti-LGBT bill was passed in 12 hours when North Carolina Republicans and the governor called a special session. There was no time for opposition to organize and no debate. It's now law.
The only recourse would be these same legislators repealing the law (that ain't happening) or the courts striking it down as unconstitutional (fingers crossed). Curry seems to think that if both sides got together they can "figure it out." But the people who pushed this bill through aren't interested in compromise or the views of others. They acted with stunning speed to nullify an LGBT rights ordinance that passed in Charlotte and to get the bill signed, sealed and delivered before protests could mount like what happened in Georgia.
There is no working it out in this case. If the bill stays in place, the NBA will have two choices: 1) stick with its expressed principles and move the game in protest or 2) keep the game in Charlotte and reward a state that discriminates. There is no third option.