The NBA carried through on their earlier warnings to pull the 2017 NBA All-Star Game from the city of Charlotte for North Carolina elected officials' role in reversing an ordinance that extended some protections to LGBTQs and putting into place what is officially known as The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act or the House Bill 2 (HB2) law.
Here is the NBA's full statement:
The NBA issued the following statement today regarding the 2017 NBA All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/2yo1YDA2Un— NBA (@NBA) July 21, 2016
This is a big hit to the city of Charlotte and its basketball fans and it has to be an extra kick that the NBA is leaning toward New Orleans as the All-Star Game's replacement, the same city that once took Charlotte's NBA team. This isn't the Charlotte Hornets' fault.
Adam Silver and the NBA -- and other businesses in North Carolina -- are making very clear where they stand on this issue. Silver said the NBA will consider Charlotte for the 2019 All-Star game if North Carolina changes the law.