RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NBA All-Star Game’s exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign, even as he dismisses the move as political correctness gone too far.
The 2017 event’s departure from Charlotte deprives the state of an estimated $100 million economic impact. The law known for its restrictions on transgender bathroom access looms large in an election season that includes one of the nation’s most closely watched governor’s races.
On Friday, McCrory told Charlotte radio station WFAE that the NBA’s decision was “total P.C. B.S.”
Entertainers like Bruce Springsteen have canceled concerts to protest the law, while 68 businesses signed a legal brief urging a judge to block the provision on bathroom access.