On Thursday, the NBA announced that it’s moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte due to concerns over the North Carolina law known as House Bill 2.
Here is some of the reaction so far:
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts
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I am deeply disappointed that the discriminatory actions reflected in HB2 have caused the NBA to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte. All-Star weekend would have provided an excellent opportunity to further showcase our great and welcoming city. Charlotte has shown its commitment to equal rights and inclusion and will continue to promote those values.
I am encouraged that Charlotte has the opportunity to host the game in 2019 if changes to HB2 are made and I encourage the state to take action as soon as possible. I appreciate the NBA and our Charlotte Hornets being such strong champions of equality.
Gov. Pat McCrory
The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present. Twenty-one other states have joined North Carolina to challenge the federal overreach by the Obama administration mandating their bathroom policies in all businesses and schools instead of allowing accommodations for unique circumstances. Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children. American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process.
Charlotte has been and will continue to be a city that embraces and promotes diversity, inclusiveness and equality. We oppose discrimination in all forms.
We are disappointed that the NBA All-Star Game is being moved elsewhere but appreciative of the league’s willingness to continue to consider Charlotte for the 2019 All-Star Game.
We will continue working with local, state and federal representatives to pursue policy solutions that uphold fairness and equality for everyone. We will continue to work to ensure that Charlotte continues to be on open, welcoming and safe city for all people, including members of the LGBT community.
Rep. Robert Pittenger
Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James
State Rep. Tricia Cotham
Tom Murray, CEO, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
The CRVA is saddened that Charlotte will no longer have the opportunity to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. We hope to be able to work with the NBA in the future to show them the inclusive and welcoming spirit our community prides itself on as well as the strong event management expertise our team and our city can provide. We’ll continue to work to bring events and conventions that create substantial economic impact to Charlotte and strive to make every visitor feel welcome in our community.