North Carolina Guv’s Campaign Blames Clintons For NBA Nixing All-Star Game

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory make remarks concerning House Bill 2 while speaking during a government affairs conference in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 4, 2016. A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT p... North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory make remarks concerning House Bill 2 while speaking during a government affairs conference in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 4, 2016. A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) MORE LESS
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It’s the Clintons’ fault.

After the NBA announced on Thursday that the league would no longer hold the 2017 All-Star game in Charlotte, North Carolina, due to the state’s anti-LGBT law, the re-election campaign of Gov. Pat McCrory (R) placed the blame where it squarely belonged: on Bill and Hillary Clinton.

“It is no surprise that the NBA has chosen to politically target North Carolina during an election year since Doug Sosnick, Bill Clinton’s former White House Political Director, serves as the NBA’s chief political advisor,” the campaign said in a Thursday evening statement.

“While it would be front-page news if Karl Rove were advising an organization on how to inflict economic damage on a state to benefit the Republican’s election prospects, this is standard operating procedure for the Clintons, who get away with it thanks to their friends in the media,” the statement reads.

The heretofore unknown conspiracy between the Clintons’ and the NBA to swing the election in a critical swing state has not been substantiated.

The governor’s office issued a slightly tamer statement, but still blasted the “liberal media” and “left-wing special interest groups” for pushing back against the new law.

The law, known as HB2, eliminates local governments’ abilities to pass anti-discrimination measures to protect LGBT individuals and keeps transgender people from using the public restroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

Since the law was passed, the NBA has threatened to pull its All-Star game from the state, and the league finally followed through on Thursday.

“Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community — current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans,” a statement from the NBA reads. “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.”

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  1. Avatar for jw1 jw1 says:

    Are you for real?
    She’s not even yet been elected-- and the meme begins:

    Thanks Hillary!


  2. Watching this thin-skinned paranoid self-righteous shitweasel morph into Richard Nixon has not been fun.

  3. Avatar for marby marby says:

    There’s nothing else to do but laugh at this man’s absurd attempt at deflection - ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

  4. And you know who is making the Clintons make the NBA nix the ASG in North Carolina?


    Good fucking grief. Stop eating lead paint chips, Republicans.

  5. Republicans love big business. Until big business tells them to fuck off.

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