NBA Pulls 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte: Latest Comments, Reaction

July 21st, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

In reaction to the state's anti-LGBT legislation, the NBA has pulled the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, per a statement from the league (via Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today): 

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the move. Hornets team president Fred Whitfield told Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer that if HB2 has been revoked by 2019, the team will host that year's All-Star Game. 

The Hornets posted a statement on the decision: 

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 ...

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