Dan Feldman

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 28:  Felix Sabates, co-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, speaks with the media during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour at Charlotte Convention Center on January 28, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Hornets minority owner sends hateful email about Charlotte losing 2017 NBA All-Star game


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?

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski: Anti-gay North Carolina law ’embarrassing’

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 18:  Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the 2016 USA Basketball Men's National Team looks on during a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on July 18, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The interests of the NBA and USA Basketball don’t always align.


On the 2017 All-Star game — originally scheduled for Charlotte and likely New Orleans-bound — they do.

Scott Gleeson and Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:

As Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski prepares to take the U.S. men’s national basketball team to the Rio Olympics, his thoughts turned this week to his home of North Carolina and the controversial anti-LGBT law that was passed in March.

“It’s an embarrassing bill,” Krzyzewski told USA TODAY Sports. “That’s all I’m going to say about it.”


Beyond New Orleans, NBA considering New York/Brooklyn and Chicago for 2017 All-Star game

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New Orleans is reportedly favored to host the 2017 NBA All-Star game, which was originally scheduled for Charlotte.

But the Big Easy isn’t the only location in contention.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Several other NBA cities have become options if the league takes the step, including Chicago and New York/Brooklyn, sources told ESPN.

New York and Brooklyn co-hosted 2015 All-Star weekend. Chicago hasn’t hosted since 1988. That difference might put a dent into my theory that New Orleans’ recent hosting history (2008 and 2014) gives it a leg up to handle the event on short notice, though there could be a sliding scale on experience.

Interestingly, New York is the NBA’s largest market with Chicago near the top. New Orleans’ is the league’s smallest. I’m not convinced market size matters much for an All-Star game, though.

What might matter: People prefering to visit New Orleans rather than a Northern city in February.


Report: NBA pulling 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte

Michael Jordan
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If the previous report — that the NBA is “on brink” of moving the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte” — weren’t clear enough…

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community, the NBA is pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, league sources told The Vertical.

A formal announcement on the NBA’s withdrawal out of Charlotte is expected as soon as this week, league sources said Thursday.

This is a good move.

Jae Crowder told Kevin Durant Celtics’ gameplan to beat Warriors, mad Durant still chose Warriors

Jae Crowder
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Kevin Durant said he nearly picked the Celtics because they brought Tom Brady to their meeting.

Jae Crowder saw another reason Durant should’ve chosen Boston over the Warriors.

Crowder, via Tom Westerholm of MassLive:

“We were the only team in the NBA to beat both (Cleveland and Golden State) on their home court — the only team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics,” Crowder said. “We told him that. We played him clips from both games and told him basically the scouting report of how we guarded Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson) — our entire game plan, basically. That’s what made me mad. We (expletive) told him everything we do to beat these guys, and we beat them, and he went and joined them. … I felt like afterward, I was talking to Isaiah, like maybe after you sit back, you shouldn’t have told him everything, but who the (expletive) thought he was going to Golden State, realistically? It was like a slap in the face for us, basically.”

“That team is for sure the villain of the league,” Crowder said. “Every other NBA guy, friends of mine, are really disgusted from how the league is turning on that standpoint. Everybody is joining together, everybody wants to go to Golden State or Cleveland.”

And here we were thinking Durant took the easy way out by going to Golden State. Thankfully, he didn’t choose a real juggernaut like the Celtics, who — as Crowder noted — beat the Warriors and Cavaliers.

I’m glad Crowder cleared that up.