The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
The league says it hopes to announce a new location for next February's events shortly. It hopes to reschedule the 2019 game for Charlotte.
The league explained its reasons in a statement released on Wednesday afternoon.
The NBA has decided to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte with the hope of rescheduling for 2019.
Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change. We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view.
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. 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.
The league's decision comes shortly after stage legislators revisited the law and chose to leave it largely unchanged.
Commissioner Adam Silver had said the league needed to make a decision this summer about its plans.