Owners & Players React To NBA Pulling All-Star Game From Charlotte Over Transgender Bathroom Law HB2

The NBA wasn’t bluffing with North Carolina and are now looking to move the 2017 All-Star game to New Orleans after pulling the event from Charlotte due to the state’s House Bill 2.

“Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community — current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans,” said the NBA in a statement. “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.”

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, upset at NBA’s decision and loss of the potential economic impact of $50-$100 million generated by hosting an All-Star game, also released a statement on Thursday warning American families “that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process.”