NBA joins NFL in warn­ing Texas over pro­posed ‘bath­room bill’

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AUSTIN, Texas — The NBA is warn­ing Texas over a pro­posed “bath­room bill’’ tar­get­ing trans­gen­der peo­ple that is sim­i­lar to a North Carolina law that prompted the league to move the All­Star Game out of that state. The NBA on Fri­day joined the NFL in sug­gest­ing that Texas will be over­looked for fu­ture big events if law­mak­ers pass a bill re­quir­ing peo­ple to use bath­rooms that cor­re­spond to the sex on their birth cer­tifi­cate.

NBA spokesman Mike Bass says an en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple are treated ``fairly and equally’’ weighs heav­ily when the league chooses host lo­ca­tions. Texas has three NBA teams and has hosted three All-Star Games since 2006. Char­lotte was orig­i­nally sup­posed to host the All-Star Game on Sun­day. But the NBA moved the game to New Or­leans after North Carolina adopted its “bath­room bill’’ last year.

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