NBA plans to move 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte due to anti-LGBT bill – USA TODAY
The NBA is preparing to announceÂ the relocation of the 2017 All-Star weekend from Charlotte in responseÂ to the state’s anti-LGBT legislation, two peopleÂ with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The people requested anonymity because the information hasÂ not been made public yet.
The Vertical was first to report the move.
At the leagueâs board of governorâs meeting in Las Vegas last week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters âWe were frankly hoping that they would make some steps toward modifying the legislation, and frankly I was disappointed that they didnât.â
The law, which was passed by the stateâs general assembly during a special session in March, bans local municipalities from enacting non-discriminatory ordinances designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Three months ago at the Associated Press Sports Editors meeting, Silver said, âWeâve been, I think, crystal clear a change in the law is necessary for us to play in the kind of environment that we think is appropriate for a celebratory NBA event.â
Silver, citing the league’s core principles of diversity and inclusion,Â had said moving the All-Star GameÂ was a possibility when meeting with the media ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
âIt was a value built from the ground floor up in this league long before I ever got involved in it, and I’m sort of carrying the mantle now,â Silver said in early June. âBut I know I speak on behalf of our owners, our teams and our players. I think they all feel very strongly that this is a core principle of our league, and that where we choose to celebrate something like an All-Star Game, that those values should be honored.
The stateâs general assembly had a chance at revising the bill before adjourning for the year but did not add any changes that appeased the NBA.