CHARLOTTE, NC (HORNETS) — The Charlotte Hornets and Chairman Michael Jordan today released the following statement regarding the 2017 NBA All-Star Game:
“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. 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. We want to thank the City of Charlotte and the business community for their backing throughout this entire process, starting with the initial bid. We are confident that they will be just as supportive and enthusiastic for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.”
By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer
The league says it hopes to announce a new location for next February’s events shortly. It hopes to reschedule the 2019 game for Charlotte.
The league’s decision comes shortly after stage legislators revisited the law and chose to leave it largely unchanged.
Commissioner Adam Silver had said the league needed to make a decision this summer about its plans.
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(AP) – The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
The league had expressed its opposition to the law since it was enacted in March. The NBA’s decision to move the game came less than a month after state legislators revisited the law and chose to leave it largely unchanged.
The league says it hoped to announce a new location for next February’s events shortly. It hopes to reschedule the 2019 game for Charlotte if there is a resolution to the matter.
The General Assembly restored the ability of workers to use state law to sue over employment discrimination on the basis of race, religion and other factors during its yearly work session that ended on July 1, – but left gender identity and sexual orientation unprotected.