Hornets Minority Owner Criticizes NBA Decision to Move All-Star Game Over Bathroom Law

FILE- In this March 24, 2016, file photo, people protest outside the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C. A South Carolina proposal to forbid transgender people from using restrooms that correspond to their gender identity is part of a backlash by lawmakers across the historically conservative South. North Carolina …
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Charlotte, NC

In an email to his team leaked to the press, Charlotte Hornets co-owner Felix Sabates criticized the NBA for moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of North Carolina because of the state’s bathroom law.

“What is wrong with a person using a bathroom provided for the sex the were born with?” Sabates asked. He continued that “if you want to change your gender so be it, we are a free county, but don’t force 8 years old children to be exposed to having to share bathroom facilities with people” of the opposite sex. The Cuban immigrant worried about “long lasting damages by what could happen to them in those bathrooms.”

In his announcement of the move, Sabates told his team members that the NBA “over reached” with its decision to dump Charlotte as the site of the game.

“Personally I think the NBA has over reached on their short sighted decision to remove the All Star game from the city of Charlotte, this in my opinion will have very negative impact in the future of the Charlotte Hornets future ion the city of Charlotte,” he wrote.

Sabates also said he was “very disappointed” with Commissioner Adam Silver’s decision to punish the state over the bathroom law. The NBA owner said the move “hurts our team” and hurts the ownership group that has already suffered “very deep financial losses.”

The owner then went on to criticize the small group of Americans who are forcing their political opinion on the nation.

“It is a shame that one tenth of our country is forcing the league to have such a knee jerk reaction and to deprive the citizens [of] our great state of having a great showcase,” he said.

“Shame on those responsible for such a short sighted decision to take the NBA All Star away from Charlotte I always thought this was country that ALL peoples not just a few can determine our future,” he continued.

Sabates also blamed Charlotte’s city council for the locale losing the All-Star Game, saying that “none of this would have happened of not for a very few minority forcing [our] supposed city leaders into creating a problem that never really existed.”

Sabates insisted he was not against anyone changing their sex, but he went on to say that “our government should not force the majorities to live by the whims and wishes of…very small minorities.” He added that gays deserve their rights but they shouldn’t possess a right to force their ideas on all of us. He was especially upset that the LGBT community wants to expose children in school locker rooms and bathrooms to transgenderism.

He ended his enraged letter saying, “NOT FAIR FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO BE PENALIZED when 21 other USA states are suing the Federal Government over laws that are not fair to our communities.”

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