Barkley, Reggie Miller stand against religious freedom bill in Indiana

barkley-millerThe list of people who are against the religious freedom bill in the state of Indiana has expanded with the addition of two former NBA stars, Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller, MSNBC reported.

On March 29, Indiana’s Gov. Mike Pence defended his decision to sign a religious freedom bill into law, saying that it was ”absolutely not” a mistake. Barkley and Miller think different.

Miller, who played his entire 18-year NBA career with the Indiana Pacers, posted a statement on his Instagram regarding the issue.

“I’ve never been big into politics but I’m very disappointed in my adopted home state of Indiana and the passing of Senate Bill 101.. I’ve always been about inclusion for all, no matter your skin color, gender or sexual preference.. We are all the same people, beautiful creatures,” said Miller’s message.

A 5-time NBA All-Star, Miller was one of the deadliest 3-point shooters in history. He appeared in 1389 NBA games (1304 started), averaging 18.2 ppg, 3 apg and 3 rpg in 34.3 minutes of action.

Meanwhile, Charles Barkley on the other hand issued a statement through his agent, saying that “discrimination in any form is unacceptable” to him.

“As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities,” said Barkley’s statement.

Barkley, an 11-time All-Star, Hall of Famer, competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won 2 gold medals. He holds career NBA averages of 22.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg in 36.7 minutes on the court. Barkley played in 1073 NBA games, starting in 1012 of them.

The two basketball greats are not the first sports figures to weigh in against the law. Previouosly NCAA president Mark Emmert made a statement in which he said, “The NCAA national office and our members are deeply committed to providing an inclusive environment for all our events. We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees.”


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