|NBA Commissioner Adam Silver|
The move will cost North Carolinians an estimated $100 million dollars.
The NBA's decision comes in response to the states lawmakers' failure to amend House Bill 2, a measure widely perceived as discriminatory toward LGBT individuals.
The NBA said in a statement that it was canceling the All-Star events and activities in Charlotte because...
“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.”
|North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory|
“The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present --- Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children.”
So it's not that this hateful law is incompatible with our countries values in the 21st century it's that the "sports and entertainment elite", "the liberal media" and "left wing special interests" just hate real American family values.
Next month, a federal judge will hear arguments on a motion for a preliminary injunction that asks the court to block certain provisions of the law. Three other legal challenges to HB2 are currently pending, including one filed by the U.S. Justice Department.
The NBA has said that it hopes to reschedule the All-Star Game in 2019, "provided there is an appropriate resolution to this matter."