The NBA issued the following statement today regarding the 2017 NBA All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/2yo1YDA2Un
— NBA (@NBA) July 21, 2016
NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association didn’t pull any punches when they decided to pull the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte in 2017. The league hopes to reschedule for 2019, but the controversy stemming from North Carolina’s HB2 also known as the “Bathroom Bill.”
That law which was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory on March 23, 2016 made the state’s law on antidiscrimination — which covers race, religion, national origin, color, age, biological sex and handicaps — the final word. Meaning cities and local governments can’t expand “employment” or “public accommodations” protections to others, such as on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
No word yet on where the All-Star game will now be held in 2017, although New Orleans and Chicago have been mentioned as possible sites.
Hornets Statement on 2017 NBA All-Star Game:https://t.co/h6YYnEGZTG
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) July 21, 2016
— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) July 21, 2016
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) July 21, 2016