The 2017 NBA All-Star Game was supposed to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, but the league announced that in protest of the bathroom laws in NC, the game will be moved to another location.
The new location is yet to be determined, but will be announced in the coming weeks. Looking toward a brighter future, the NBA said that it would welcome holding its 2019 game in Charlotte if “there is an appropriate resolution to this matter.”
The NBA’s statement said: “Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change.”
North Carolina’s governor, Pat McCrory, denounced the NBA’s decision.
“The sports and entertainment elite, (N.C.) Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present,” the governor said. “Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children.”
The game is broadcast on TNT by Turner Broadcasting. Turner released a statement saying:
“At Turner, and our parent company Time Warner, diversity in all its forms is core to our value system and to the success of our company. Laws to the contrary go against our fundamental belief of equality and inclusion for all individuals. We fully support the NBA’s decision to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game and all of the weekend’s events originally scheduled to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina.”
Rumor has is that New Orleans and New York are being considered as potential new hosts for the February All-Star Game.