Charlotte loses NBA All-Star Game over HB2 bill
CHARLOTTE, NC (WACH) - The NBA has confirmed that the 2017 NBA All-Star game will not be played in Charlotte.
The decision to move the All-Star game is based on North Carolina's controversial HB2 bill, which requires individuals to use public restrooms based on their birth sex.
NBA released their official statement on Twitter, which in part read that the league feels it cannot be successful in hosting the game with the current climate due to the HB2 bill.
The controversial law has received much criticism and has seen previous events being cancelled in the state. Some of those events includes concerts for Bruce Springsteen, Maroon 5, Pearl Jam and a Cirque Du Soleil performance.
Executives with the Charlotte Hornets have released a statement.
“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.”
NBA officials are expected to make the formal announcement later in the week and the game is reportedly going to be played in New Orleans.
League officials said they are hopeful they can bring the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019.