Months after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver warned North Carolina that the league might move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte if the state didn’t overturn its bathroom law, the league announced Thursday that it has, in fact, decided to take away the star-studded event.
The move prompted reaction from around the NBA world, but also a scathing statement from North Carolina governor Pat McCrory.
The NBA defended its decision to move the exhibition game out of North Carolina because of the state’s HB2 law, which limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
"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 said in a statement.
Hornets owner Michael Jordan said the team diligently tried to avoid this situation but understood the decision.