The Charlotte Hornets have confirmed that the NBA will move the 2017 All-Star game to a new localtion in 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.”
The NBA has not confirmed or denied of any movement as of yet, but The Vertical and several other outlets are reporting that the 2017 All-Star game has been moved and the front runner to replace Charlotte is reportedly New Orleans.
The North Carolina Values Coalition has also released a statement on the movement of the All-Star game.
"We are disappointed that Commissioner Silver has decided to cancel the League’s commitment to the City of Charlotte, the Charlotte Hornets, and the people of North Carolina over the League’s desire to give in to the bullying by radical left-wing groups like the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC. The League has decided that advancing a political agenda that embraces allowing grown men into the bathrooms and showers of young girls is more important than protecting the privacy and safety of their fans. Our telephone conversations with the customer service staff at the Superdome Box Office this week indicate the stadium in New Orleans has the same bathroom policies as Time Warner Arena in Charlotte.
It is ironic that the NBA would choose to relocate their All-Star game to the State of Louisiana since last month the state joined North Carolina and 22 other states to stop President Obama’s transgender bathroom directive granting boys access into girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities in schools and universities.
20 years ago this year, the NBA recognized the innate biological differences between men and women and created the WNBA to provide opportunities for women to play a sport they love with other women. Today, the NBA denies these biological differences and seeks to force women to compromise their privacy and safety in the stadiums in which their leagues play. This is hypocrisy at its worse and yet another example of the bullying and deceitful tactics opponents of privacy and freedom are making. The NBA should be ashamed of itself for using North Carolina—particularly its young girls—as a political pawn for an out-of-touch agenda that compromises both dignity interests and privacy rights.
The NBA issued guidance last year that teams and leagues must invest more in family-friendly sponsorships and activation campaigns to make their events more family-friendly. Today’s decision to force men and women into the same bathroom facilities demonstrates that the league is abandoning their pro-family policies in favor of big business sponsorship dollars. Families can no longer look to the National Basketball Association as a pro-family organization.
We would expect the league to reimburse the city and its partners for the taxpayer funds that have been used to renovate Time Warner Arena and plan for the 2017 NBA All-Star game since the city and state have honored their commitment to the NBA."
Congressman Robert Pittenger has also released a statement on the All-Star game being moved due to HB2.
“Last week, I met with constituents from China who outlined the Chinese government practice of forcefully harvesting vital organs as part of their oppression of religious minorities. Meanwhile, the NBA will start selling tickets for preseason games in China next week. Is the NBA implying China’s abhorrent violation of basic human rights is acceptable, but North Carolina saying men shouldn’t use the girls’ locker room is a bridge too far? What is the NBA’s true priority? The unmistakable hypocrisy is clear to me. You be your own judge.”