We close out the show with the best soundbites of the day.

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[0:04:36] ... out of work out with the good and a purpose in Africa Alonzo Mourning to. Shaq hates hates. That fact that Alonso was second and that draft. He'd always say it's a big difference between first ...
[0:06:04] ... in the NBA coach up writer Erica carrier related notes about. Receiver Brandon Marshall let the New York Jets this offseason but that we town opting to sign with the giants. One guy who isn't sad ...
[0:11:15] ... him to be known to do now. OK so finally back when Tony Romo retired and was announced as the next announcer for CBS sports. A color at a simple question for Mike princess. You have ...






We discuss the place of Tyronn Lue among the NBA's elite coaches and compare and contrast him with the Celtics' Brad Stevens. Plus Keefe still can't suffer Lebron James, and Holley isn't feeling Marv Albert at all.
We close out the show with the best soundbites of the day.
We discuss the place of Tyronn Lue among the NBA's elite coaches and compare and contrast him with the Celtics' Brad Stevens. Plus Keefe still can't suffer Lebron James, and Holley isn't feeling Marv Albert at all.
We close out the show with the best soundbites of the day.

[0:01:21] ... that show yes Coca old rivals by that little. Bit up. Actually Christian Fauria finally at their breaking point wither host Andy's being now. You're of his who it is that the guy with excited about ...
[0:04:36] ... out of work out with the good and a purpose in Africa Alonzo Mourning to. Shaq hates hates. That fact that Alonso was second and that draft. He'd always say it's a big difference between first ...
[0:06:04] ... in the NBA coach up writer Erica carrier related notes about. Receiver Brandon Marshall let the New York Jets this offseason but that we town opting to sign with the giants. One guy who isn't sad ...
[0:11:15] ... him to be known to do now. OK so finally back when Tony Romo retired and was announced as the next announcer for CBS sports. A color at a simple question for Mike princess. You have ...






We discuss the place of Tyronn Lue among the NBA's elite coaches and compare and contrast him with the Celtics' Brad Stevens. Plus Keefe still can't suffer Lebron James, and Holley isn't feeling Marv Albert at all.

[0:02:12] ... Without it these are your work. I said Brad Stevens out coaching Tyronn Lue but let's make wise duplicate what they resonate. OK you're you're NBA owners dale in key guys are only you coney coney ...
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Adam Silver announced Wednesday the NBA will host the 2019 All-Star Game in Charlotte, N.C.  (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Adam Silver announced Wednesday the NBA will host the 2019 All-Star Game in Charlotte, N.C. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

NBA commissioner Adam Silver receives a lot of credit in liberal circles for championing progressive causes. One of his signature moments came last summer, when he announced the league was pulling the 2017 All-Star Game from North Carolina due to the state’s anti-LGBT ordinance, known as House Bill 2. Prior to the relocation, Silver said a “change in the law is necessary for us to play in the kind of environment that we think is appropriate for a celebratory NBA event.”

But as it turns out, Silver was being disingenuous. The league announced Wednesday the 2019 All-Star Game will be hosted in Charlotte, despite the fact that LGBT people in North Carolina still face more oppression than they did prior to HB2’s passing.

While it’s true that Democratic governor Roy Cooper and the GOP-controlled state house repealed the bill earlier this year, the changes were perfunctory at best. Only the legislation’s most controversial provision, which prohibited transgender individuals from using the bathrooms or locker rooms of their identified gender in schools or government buildings, was struck down. Other discriminatory edicts in the bill were largely left unchanged.

For starters, local governments and schools can’t create any laws to protect transgender bathroom rights without approval from the state legislature, which is still dominated by Republicans. City and county governments also can’t pass their own LGBT ordinances until at least 2020. The state legislature is free to push that date back at any time.

The passage of HB2 last year brought great economic harm to North Carolina. More than 65 corporations, including Apple, General Electric and NIKE, signed an amicus brief to block the bill. Wired estimates the state lost nearly $400 million in the months after it was signed into law.

Much like Indiana two years ago, when then-Governor Mike Pence backtracked on portions of a stringent religious freedom bill after corporate pressure, the economic downturn in North Carolina forced the state government to act. Cooper, desperate to fulfill one of his signature campaign promises, quickly reached an agreement with the state legislature to repeal the most scrutinized aspect of the bill. The window dressing worked, with the NCAA announcing in April it will once again host championship tournaments in the state.

Social advocacy organizations are less impressed, however. The ACLU slammed HB142 as a “disgraceful backroom deal that uses the rights of LGBT people as a bargaining chip.” The Human Rights Campaign echoed those sentiments, saying it “betrays the LGBTQ community.”

In his statement Wednesday, Silver recognized the bill’s shortcomings, but said it was good enough for him. “While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law,” he said.

If Silver were truly committed to promoting equality, he wouldn’t settle for a watered down repeal. But with the NCAA back on board, the pressure against North Carolina is off. Boycotting the state is no longer en vogue.

In today’s world, nearly all major corporations claim to be proponents of same-sex rights. Back in 2015, 379 major companies urged the Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage, setting forth an expectation of equality in the business community. Marching in a gay pride parade, which Silver did last year, is more symbolic than anything else.

Taking a stand requires doing more than what’s popular. When Silver removed Donald Sterling from the Clippers in 2014 over his racist remarks, nobody protested. He also regularly receives a round of applause for allowing star players to speak out about social issues, such as gun violence and police brutality.

But refusing to return to North Carolina, and breaking with the NCAA, would’ve taken real guts. It may have even angered Hornets owner Michael Jordan, who’s likely counting on the All-Star Game as a way to showcase his franchise.

Silver has shown he’s willing to stand with the crowd in the name of social equality. But when faced with an opportunity to stand out on his own, and make an even bigger statement, he declined.

 

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

Safe to say Uncle Nap is loved in the Holt household but his beard kind of tickles

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Brock Holt posted this picture to his Instagram on Wednesday of his son, Griffin, and former Red Sox teammate Mike Napoli.

Napoli is in town with the Rangers, who take on the Red Sox in game two of their three-game series Wednesday night.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
Andrew Hawkins is the latest in a string of wide receivers coming through Foxboro. A Seattle council woman has the all the reasons why Colin Kaepernick should play again. And Gronk is doing more Gronk things.

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Andrew Hawkins is the latest in a string of wide receivers coming through Foxboro. A Seattle council woman has the all the reasons why Colin Kaepernick should play again. And Gronk is doing more Gronk things.