After Charlotte lost the 2017 NBA-All Star game, the Hornets released a statement on behalf of the franchise and owner Michael Jordan expressing understanding of the league’s decision.
Apparently, that didn’t speak for all the team’s owners.
In an email obtained by Nick Ochsner of WBTV, Hornets minority owner Felix Sabates rails against — well, a lot of things. He started with the NBA and commissioner Silver, moves to Charlotte’s mayor and city council — whose initial law extending freedom of local citizens t prompted North Carolina to pass an overriding law that banned local jurisdictions from extending freedom of local citizens. Oh, and Sabates mixes in plenty of deranged language about 8-year-olds.
A few excerpts:
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 in the city of Charlotte, Commissioner Silver should have waited until a court would decide on whether the HB2 was right or wrong, there are 21 other stats on the USA with similar laws, does this mean that every state with similar laws would have the NBA take away franchises and move them to state with more favorable laws to the Lesbian Gay community?
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.
Our Mayor opened a can of worms, who knows why? Our city council is the one to blame for our losing the NBA All Star game, none of this would have happened if not for a very few minority forcing our supposed city leaders into creating a problem that never really existed, there will always be another election, they better pray a very few can get them re-elected, what is wrong with a person using a bathroom provided for the sex the were born with, 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 that don’t share the organs they were Bourne with, this is plain wrong, this could cause irreparable damages to a children’s that don’t understand why they have to see what God did not mean for them to witness, we have some very confused business as well as political humans that frankly have made this a political issue rather then moral issues, SHAME ON THEM.
I am not opposed to people changing their sex, that is one of many privilege of been an American, the greatest country in the world, it is our right do live the lives we want to live, but our government should not force the majorities to live by the whims and wishes of a very small minorities, these minorities have the right to their own opinions and desires, plus please don’t force 8 year old boys and girls to be exposed to what is not part of their births gender.
You can read a full copy of the email here.
I don’t know what people like Sabates want. Moving from a macro to micro level (the fear-striking, and less important, micro level he chooses to focus on):
He’s supporting the larger North Carolina state government preventing the smaller Charlotte government from enacting a law that grants rights and protections to its citizens. No North Carolina city was obligated to pass such a law, but now, they don’t even have the option thanks to the state’s overreaching government. Perhaps, I’ve miscast Sabates as a foe of big government. If so, I apologize.
He also advocates for the NBA, a private company, to defer to the court system before making a business decision. Personally, I don’t think private companies should face that type of self-imposed regulation. But, again, maybe Sabates does.
Then there’s the bathroom aspect — an overplayed element of a law that reaches much further. Where does Sabates want someone who was born a man but has since undergone a sex change — and looks, dresses and acts like a woman — to use the bathroom? Is Sabates really saying she should use the men’s room because that was her sex at birth?
Back to a bigger question: In this post-Donald Sterling world, is there a place in the NBA for Sabates?