The vice president of content for Cleveland.com apologized Monday for the website having fallen for a hoax involving HB2 and the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, and for dragging the Associated Press in, too.
Chris Quinn, in a story posted on the website, wrote: “Sometimes we make the kind of mistake at cleveland.com that requires an explanation and apology to our audience.”
The site ran information from a story spoofed to look like it came from the ABC News website that said the NBA had threatened to move the 2017 NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte over opposition to North Carolina’s HB2 legislation, which limits LGBT protections and was passed in response to a Charlotte city ordinance that provided those protections.
The website, which is affiliated with the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, also apologized for erroneously using an Associated Press byline on the story.
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The NBA is taking a wait-and-see approach on HB2 and the All-Star Game, which will be played next February.