When the NBA announced it was moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of anti-LGBT legislation the state passed in March, the Hornets reacted quite reasonably. “We understand the NBA’s decision and the challenges around holding the All-Star Game in Charlotte this season,” said owner Michael Jordan in a statement.
But behind closed doors, one Hornets minority owner had a very different opinion. The Charlotte Observer/WBTV has obtained an unhinged, offensive, and terribly composed email that Hornets minority owner Felix Sabates sent to the rest of the Hornets ownership group after the NBA’s announcement. After blaming the Charlotte City Council for losing the All-Star Game—the statewide anti-LGBT HB2 was passed in response to Charlotte passing an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance—Sabates went on to say some stuff even worse than what your Uncle Chuck posts on Facebook. From the Observer/WBTV:
“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 (sic) 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 (sic) moral issues, SHAME ON THEM.”
The full email can be read here. Neither the Hornets nor the NBA immediately responded to a request for comment.
Update (11:49 a.m.): The Hornets declined to comment on the email.
Update (5:49 p.m.): The NBA declined to comment on the email.