New York Daily News

Silver pressed on LGBT issue

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TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY leaders have urged NBA Commission­er Adam Silver to move the All-Star Game out of Charlotte unless a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimina­tion protection­s for lesbian, gay and transgende­r people is repealed “in very short order.”

In a letter sent Friday and obtained by The Associated Press, the executives tell Silver that putting fans at risk of discrimina­tion would “send a terrible message about who the NBA is and what it values as an organizati­on, and set a dangerous precedent.”

“If the NBA holds events in North Carolina while HB2 remains law, players, employees, and fans will be at risk of discrimina­tion — and that’s wrong,” the letter said.

The All-Star weekend is set for next February. Silver has made it clear the league needs changes to the HB2 law in order to stage the weekend there but has resisted setting any deadlines for when he might act, believing positive dialogue is ongoing.

However, he has said a decision probably would have to be made this summer.

The letter was sent by SV Angel founder and co-managing partner Ron Conway and includes signatures from executives from companies such as Google, Reddit, PayPal, Lyft and Pinterest. They ask the NBA to be a “strong ally to the LGBTQ community” and use “its considerab­le might to bring advocates into those conversati­ons and press for full repeal of the law.”

“The NBA has nothing to lose by taking a stand alongside hundreds of other companies and showing support for its LGBTQ players, employees, and fans,” the letter said.

A number of entertainm­ent acts have canceled North Carolina events because of the law, and Silver has already received calls for the NBA to do the same. The letter comes from some people who might be at All-Star weekend — the league holds a tech summit as part of the events.

“Discrimina­tion is bad for the league, bad for people and bad for business and we hope you will join us in sending that message, loud and clear in North Carolina,” the letter said.

HAWKS GET JACK

The Atlanta Hawks and point guard Jarrett Jack have agreed on a one-year contract for next season.

Jack will back up starter Dennis Schroder at the position. The Hawks needed an establishe­d point guard after trading Jeff Teague before the draft.

Jack made several posts to his Twitter account that he was returning to Atlanta, where he helped Georgia Tech advance to the 2004 national title game.

The Hawks will be Jack’s eighth team in 12 seasons. He spent the last two with Brooklyn, which waived him last month.

Jack averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 assists in 32 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury last January.

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