In 2016, the NBA pulled the All-Star Game out of Charlotte after saying a bathroom bill was discriminatory toward the LGBTQ community. Yet on Thursday, the league announced it will be holding preseason games in Abu Dhabi, a city in the United Arab Emirates, where being gay is entirely illegal.
In fact, homosexuality is criminalized and punishable by death.
As for LGBTQ, it too is viewed as criminal activity in the United Arab Emirates. Those found guilty of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender face hefty fines and forced mental health treatment at best, and life in prison, chemical castration, floggings and yes, execution, at worst.