Charles Barkley: “We Need To Move The All-Star Game”

Charles Barkley, NBA legend and current TNT analyst, says the NBA will need to relocate the All-Star Game out of North Carolina next year because of the anti-LGBT law HB2.

During an appearance on the “The Dan Patrick Show,” Barkley was asked, “Will you consider boycotting the All-Star Game?”

“Yes,” Barkley responded. “I told my boss, I don’t want to act like I’m jumping on a sword, but I’ve talked to Adam Silver, we need to move the All-Star Game,” he said, speaking of the NBA Commissioner.

“I hope they don’t put me in a situation where I have to boycott the All-Star Game. We need to move the All-Star Game.”

North Carolina has already suffered economic losses totally in the millions thanks to the controversial legislation.

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley speaks in support of gay athletes

In a satellite interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley spoke out in support of recently out football player Michael Sam and gay rights in general, saying:

“I think it’s an insult to gay people to think that they are going to be looking at their teammates in a sexual way. That’s an insult to all gay men. And we welcome them to the locker room, and I wish Mr. Sam the best.”

Barkley added that he thinks gays and lesbians deserve the same rights as all Americans.

Barkley has a history of speaking up for the LGBT community. In 2011, Barkley referenced Martin Luther King Jr. on the subject of gay discrimination, saying, “His daughter [Rev. Bernice King] said something that was very interesting. People try to make it about black and white. [But MLK] talked about equality for every man, every woman. We have a thing going on now, people discriminating against homosexuality in this country. I love the homosexuality people. God bless the gay people. They are great people.”