Woke NBA to Hold Preseason Games in UAE Where Homosexuality is Punishable by Death – Canceled Game in Charlotte in 2016 Over Transgender Bathroom Law

Woke NBA to Hold Preseason Games in UAE Where Homosexuality is Punishable by Death – Canceled Game in Charlotte in 2016 Over Transgender Bathroom Law


The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi announced Tuesday that the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks will play two preseason games at Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022.

The NBA signed a deal with Abu Dhabi’s tourism officials last year to play preseason games in the Arabian Gulf.

“Abu Dhabi is a vibrant multicultural hub with a demonstrated track record of hosting world-class sporting events,” said NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum.

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Abu Dhabi is a city in the United Arab Emirates where homosexuality is criminalized and is punishable by death. All same-sex sexual acts are banned and criminalized in the United Arab Emirates.

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