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Michael Jordan: ‘I Will Move The Hornets In 30 Days If North Carolina Doesn’t Revoke HB2’

Michael Jordan to move Charlotte Hornets if North Carolina doe not repeal HB2
Written by Jimmy Rustling

CHARLOTTE N.C. (AP) — NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets‘ owner, Michael Jordan, held a press conference today, announcing his intentions to move the Hornets out of North Carolina if the state does not revoke its controversial HB2 law.

“With this new law in place, North Carolina currently does not have any anti-discrimination protection in place, something that is vital, not just for our fans but for everyone,” Jordan told reporters. “We are giving the state of North Carolina 30 days to repeal this law or they can expect the the Charlotte Hornets to play elsewhere. I want to make it clear that the Hornets and myself will not stand for this type of intolerance and hate.”

Jordan’s comments come after the North Carolina legislature passed HB2 back in March, a law which requires transgender individuals (and everyone else) to use public restrooms according to the biological sex on their birth certificate.

Paul Horner, a spokesman for the Charlotte Hornets, told ABC News that the team is currently talking to several cities about a possible relocation.

“We are currently in talks with certain individuals in the cities of San Francisco and Austin just to name a few,” Horner said. “We sincerely hope it does not come to moving the team, but in the event North Carolina does not revoke the law, we must be prepared for the worse.”

Sarah Bradley, a spokeswoman for Sock It Forward, a group that provides the homeless and those less fortunate with brand new socks, told ABC News that she agrees with Michael Jordan taking a stand against North Carolina and HB2.

“If anyone can get a bigoted law like HB2 revoked, it’s Michael Jordan,” Bradley said. “There were plenty of laws already in place before HB2. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man, woman, transgender, or what bathroom you use; if you’re in there longer than five minutes after using the restroom, someone is going to call the cops. This new law is about people living in fear, gathering together around their weird ideologies and religious beliefs to create more intolerance and hate in this world, bottom line.”

Since Governor Pat McCrory signed HB2 into law back in March, well over 5,000 jobs have been moved out of state, and over 400 companies, including Facebook, Apple, Paypal, Pyramid Country and StopPack, have expressed concern or anger, warning they may move or cancel plans to expand, costing the state millions of dollars. Entertainers such as Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr, Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen and Cirque du Soleil have also canceled their performances in North Carolina to boycott the law. Pressure has been put on the NBA to cancel the All-Star game in North Carolina next year and this week NBA Commissioner Adam Silver clarified the league’s willingness to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte if North Carolina legislators do not overturn the new state law. It is still unclear what kind of an economic impact these boycotts will have on the state’s economy as a whole. NBC estimates that North Carolina has lost $186 million in revenue due to boycotts so far. ABC News puts that figure well above $300 million.

Jordan finished the press conference by reiterating his demands.

“As my organization has stated previously, the Charlotte Hornets and Hornets Sports & Entertainment are opposed to discrimination in any form, and we have always sought to provide an inclusive environment,” Jordan said. “As has been the case since the building opened, we will continue to ensure that all fans, players and employees feel welcome while at work or attending NBA games. If that means moving the team out of the state if North Carolina doesn’t repeal HB2, then that is what we are prepared to do. I urge you all to call Governor Pat McCrory’s Office and voice your concerns. Together we can keep the Hornets in North Carolina!”

North Carolina residents can call Gov. Pat McCrory at 1-800-662-7952. For individuals living outside of North Carolina, call (919) 814-2000. After normal business hours, call (919) 814-2050 and press option 3.

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  • Michael, come to Seattle. With your influence and a team in place the city will jump to give you a wonderful home. Pleeeease?!?!

  • What a bunch of garbage. So let me get this right. Lets ignore what millions of women who don’t want mentally I’ll men in dresses using their restroom say in order to make. 02% of Americas population feel ” accepted”. There have already been instances of men dressing as women to see women and girls naked. Anyone who is for letting some guy degrade women by pretending like he is one just because he wears a dress is a moron. Its insulting to REAL women, and dangerous to girls and women.

    • It’s like you don’t even know what transgender is. You’ve been using public bathrooms with trans folks already and you’re fine. There never was a problem with trans folks as sexual predators in the first place. Ah forget it. You’re probably immune to facts anyway.

    • Luckily, the majority of the modern world disagrees with almost everything you just said.
      Hopefully someday you will come to know a transgender person and understand.

    • I agree, tell Michale to get out and stay out. We don’t need that nasty influence in North carolina.

    • There has never been an instance of a man dressing as a woman to see naked women…in ANY STATE…..Show us an instance of even one. Yet ANOTHER fabrication by a rightie….par for their course. I dont think I like the idea of men using a womans bathroom….but i hate liars even more.

    • …. this is not true. there has not been one instance,,,,NO not one instance of this happening by a trans. Your post is absolutely ridiculous. Get with the times Leo n ida. This is not about anything but UN-founded fear and rhetoric and until we all learn to live as one, and come from love for ALL people, we are lost as a species.

    • Listen to retired policeman tell their stories about bathroom incidents..this is where sexual deviants go to have their encounters. There are incidents where young girls have been raped and even murdered..come on people, really? You think this is a good thing..why do we let someone’s opinion have more weight than the fact that they are either a male or female..what the hell people!

      • I think you mean that bathrooms are where politicians go for their liaisons because they’re too chickenshit to come out of the closet.

  • Yeah…come to Austin, TX… The home of Texas Liberals… but guess what dude. The majority in Texas are NOT liberals and will NOT support you if you come here because you want to deny the majority our rights to protect our women folks… NOPE… NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

  • Stay out of Texas!!! WE don’t need your negative and immoral influence in TEXAS. We are a conservative and Christian state who does not believe that people are born to be the opposite of their Gender.. That is not how a perfect God creates things and he does not make any junk. It is time this country gets it sanity back. People like Michael Jordan is living on the wrong side of decency and women do not want these men in their bathrooms. Build a bathroom for these people. NC is right in protecting its citizens over the very small percentage of people who are confused and have gone off the rail.. What about the rights of the women. WE are a 99.99.9 percent of the population of women that do not want these idiots in our bathroom. This is america. Not china or other places that have had this in their culture. Women want to be treated like women not put our lives at risk of crazies. Call me what you want I don’t give a rats azz. This nation has gone off the rails listening to these idiots that follow Obama with an agenda to destroy america and its Culture.. Michael and Obama are in Bed together.. NEither have one moral in their body. The rest of America has rights and we intend to stand and fight for them no matter who they are sleeping with or where they play with thier balls.. Just stay out of Texas .. WE do not need your Trash in our state. Go to a liberal state that thinks like you with NO morals.

    • We used to have separate bathrooms for other people in this country. They were marked “colored.” Decent people thought it was immoral to be forced to share bathrooms with blacks. They came up with all kinds of moral christian reasoning for it, at that time.

  • Then move already… as not more the 20 hours after this bill was pasted, here in my state they caught a man in the ladies room taking pictures of little girls. He was set up to be there for a long time and from the camera files, was in there at least an hour. This is what this bill is trying to protect our children and Ladies from. So if you wish to not care and to be sadly against their protections, so be it. I’ll help you pack.

  • Welp…if there’s nothing left to do, I’m sure we’ll see a resurgence of old-time tent revivals…& homeless itinerant preachers. After all, there won’t be many jobs other than at Chik-Fil-A or Wal-Mart (((((major eye roll)))))

  • Screw Jordan and all the other progressives. It’s not bigoted to protect women and children! Only women should be in a women’s bathroom. Little girls shouldn’t be exposed to men dressed as women using the restroom. Or perverts looking to abuse them. Why do we have to cater to less then 1/10 of one percent of the population!

    • The true bigots are the perversion pushers. It is christians that are being bullied. Go Jordan go already.

    • Have you ever seen a transgender woman? I’m guessing not since you think they look like your ugly ass dressed in your wife’s clothes. That’s not what a transgender woman looks like, she looks like more of woman than your wife does.
      You are just a closed minded bigot who has no clue that your brother probably molested your daughter her whole life, idiot!

  • Well “mikey ‘dipstick perv’ jordan (lcit), I cannot suggest strongly enough you pack up your fudge packing team and move to san-fran-fairyland-frisco. You will be MORE than happy there! And while you’re at it, re-name the team, “airhead jordan’s high heelers”!

  • What will they be saying the first time a little girl or a woman is raped by a man who just says he’s transgender but isn’t goes into a woman’s room or locker room… Then a true transgender gets blamed for it AND is beaten to death while the real molester gets away purposely using the transgender as an unknowing patsy… What will all of these idiots say then, that it isn’t their fault – when it most certainly will be. Create a third bathroom and locker room for those that want to identify as transgender but still have their sexual parts that they had at birth, Don’t put anyone at risk including innocent fully transgendered people. It isn’t about civil liberties it is about common sense and protecting the innocent.

  • It’s unfortunate that our society places so much regard for the opinions of athletes and other entertainers. Most people don’t want strangers of the conjugate gender in the bathroom with them. Micheal Jordan would leave an open door for that to happen without repercussion.

  • He’s an idiot. I don’t want my four year old daughter in a bathroom with some perverted, sexually confused weirdo. Take your Hornets to New York or some other place of filth and disease.

    • He’s an idiot? He’s one of the greatest businessman in America.
      Transgender folks are perverted, sexually confused weirdos?
      I think you are confused.
      New York is full of filth and disease?
      New York does more for this nation than North Carolina could ever do. If you backward idiots want to step up and do your part for the nation, you can have room to complain. The rest of us are tired of carrying you. Take care of your real social problems and your lack of innovation first. Your ingratitude makes me sick. You’re welcome for your federal funding paid for by successful states.

    • You should worry more about leaving her alone with your uncle, brother, friend and clergy than a man who is only interested in not getting his ass beat in a bathroom he doesn’t fit in anymore. Research the fact on how many transgender women molest little girls, dumb ass. You’ll find NONE! How many uncles, brothers, friends and clergy molest both little girls and boys, too many to count!
      You wouldn’t even know a trans woman if you saw her, you’d probably want to fuck her if you did.

  • while you are all focused on the womens room….who is watching your little boy in the other?? YEP….child molesters don’t need to dress up to attack a child, they just attack.

    how sad for all of you who pass judgement on something you know nothing about.

    • Exactly. O M G this is so sad how people are UN-educated. I would say if you don’t know a trans or their story, read some stories….get informed. There are many amazing trans people and they don’t bite. Most have been through a life of hell….something most people here couldn’t fathom or live through. I am proud to support the trans community and stand for equality in all areas. GET EDUCATED and stop living in fear.

  • You think EVERYONE puts that Almighty Federal Reserve Note above doing what’s right? You think that if we don’t capitulate to the whims of mentally-deranged men who believe they’re something that they are not, you will threaten to take your team of spoiled, over-paid affletes away and we will crawl on begging knees to get you to stay?

    Don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya!

  • HEY !! Michael….Do you need directions to I-85 ?…Load up that sorry ass team and hit the road…but you may not find another city willing to give you all the fringe benefits you get here ….please leave here tomorrow…not day after tomorrow….I am tired of “sports figures” (and I use the term loosely) trying to dictate the morals of a city….especially a HAS BEEN.

  • First, HB2 isn’t just about bathrooms, it’s about the law dropping all LGBT folk as a protected class. Yes, the “bathroom” part of the “bathroom bill” is getting all the press, but it’s about much more than that. As for MJ pulling the Hornets, Good on him! I hope he actually follows through, although with the lawsuit the USAG just filed against NC for passing a law that flies in the face of the Civil Rights Act, who knows how that will go.

    Trans-gendered folk are human and as such, are to be afforded Human Rights. There has never been a documented case of a trans person attacking, molesting or otherwise disturbing any man, woman or child, in any public restroom in the U.S. This law is based on fear and ignorance alone. And for those who would hide behind their religion with “unnatural” or “god doesn’t make mistakes”, then think of it this way. They’re not mistakes. God made them that way to teach the world more tolerance and love for the “othered” and the different. Just like a Down Syndrome child, or an Autistic child, or a deaf or blind child is different, so is a trans-gendered person. They were simply born with a wire or two crossed – through no fault of their own. They just want to live their lives and be who they truly are. Life, Liberty, pursuit of Happiness and all that. Who cares where they pee? A trans-woman is in MUCH more danger in a men’s room than the ladies loo. If a trans-woman walked into the men’s loo, any guy in there that was transphobic, angry and had too much testosterone would pummel that poor HUMAN without a second thought. And do you really want your daughters in the bathroom with a trans-man? Not that the man is dangerous, but THAT would throw your child for a definite head-spin! BOY will they have questions you won’t want to answer. Same with a trans-woman in the men’s room and your young boys. For that matter, why on God’s green EARTH are you sending your CHILD into the bathroom without an adult chaperon?!?!? The “men dressed as women” phenomena is being perpetrated by the AFA as a scare tactic. Those are not trans-folk, they’re just perverts. If ANY man were to be in the women’s room, lurking on little girls, you can bet your bottom that the cops would be involved and they’d be in silver bracelets – FAST!

    I’d bet you dollars to donuts that 99% of the folks on this page that are up in arms about treating trans-folk with human dignity and respect have never even met a trans-person, or didn’t know they had. I have met dozens, call many friends and a few family, and I can tell you from experience that there is nothing “unnatural” or wrong about them. They we just born into a body that didn’t fit them, so they changed it, because they can. Un-American, my patootie! The reason I love this country as much as I do, is due to the thousands of progressive, loving, non-judging, accepting people I have in my life. If you’re going to be close-minded, angry, grounded in fear and hatred, please, leave the Land of the FREE and the Home of the BRAVE to those of us that want EVERYONE to have freedom. Not just the people that think, act and worship like you.

  • So you want to provide ANY MALE, whether a trans or hetero sexual predator, the legal right to enter all hitherto female only facilities, including bathrooms, locker rooms and shower areas? All to “protect” .03% of the NC population, while putting the safety and privacy rights of more than 50% of the same population at risk? You liberals are CRAZY!

  • I would totally approve if Jordan took the Hornets out of North Carolina over this prejudiced and fear mongering law. I’m tired of hearing ignorant people say crazy crap they nothing about. I bet they haven’t met a trans person in all their lives.

  • Really, Michael Jordan you got the nerved to speak on transgender restrooms when you have not spoken about your sweat shops in China and people killing each other over your shoes and let’s not forget the price of them.. Shame on you MJ!!!!!!Please take the hornet’s name and shove it…North Carolina is to rich in God to sell it to the devil……

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