NBA Decides to Move All-Star Game Out Of Charlotte, Due To NC LGBT Law
On Thursday, the NBA announced the 2017 NBA All-Star game would be moving out of Charlotte because of North Carolina’s controversial LGBT law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
“While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2,” the league said in a statement.
Charlotte Hornets chairman and hall of famer Michael Jordan also released a statement:
“We understand the NBA’s decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season. There was an exhaustive effort from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so,” Hornets chairman and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan said. “With that said, we are pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star weekend again as soon as an opportunity was available in 2019.”