Update: NBA commissioner has officially announced the decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte.
The NBA issued the following statement today regarding the 2017 NBA All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/2yo1YDA2Un
— NBA (@NBA) July 21, 2016
Earlier: North Carolina’s ‘House Bill 2,’ a law that mandates that transgender people use the bathroom corresponding to their birth gender and omits LGBTQ citizens from many anti-discriminatory protections, has caused major issues for the state’s sports teams. Albany basketball has already cancelled a game at Duke, opening an unplanned hole in the Blue Devils’ schedule, due to New York State’s public North Carolina travel ban. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is on record as calling the law “an embarrassing bill,” and North Carolina’s Roy Williams and N.C. State’s Mark Gottfried have also been critical of HB2.
Now, the NBA has reportedly taken a huge step against HB2. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical, the league has pulled the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte due to concerns with the bill.
Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community, the NBA is pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, league sources told The Vertical.
A formal announcement on the NBA’s withdrawal out of Charlotte is expected as soon as this week, league sources said Thursday.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver had threatened to move All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte unless a discriminatory North Carolina law aimed at the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community was changed – and time to do so has run out because of the logistics and planning the NBA needs to run its marquee midseason event, league sources said.
According to The Vertical, New Orleans is being targeted as a potential replacement city for Charlotte.