Gov. Pat McCrory's defiant stand against a local ordinance that protected LGBT people has cost the city of Charlotte the 2017 All-Star Game, according to a report from the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
New Orleans — yes, the same New Orleans that took the original Charlotte Hornets and happened to get the No. 1 pick in a year Charlotte desperately needed it — has emerged as the front-runner to host the upcoming All-Star Game.
Sources: NBA on brink of pulling 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, with New Orleans emerging as a front-runner to host Feb. 19 game.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 21, 2016
Less than an hour after that tweet was posted, Wojnarowski’s story went up on the Vertical. No longer was the NBA “on the brink” of pulling the All-Star Game. No, they’d already decided it was gone:
Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community, the NBA is pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, league sources told The Vertical.
The official announcement is expected as soon as this week, Wojnarowski reported.
This whole debacle is absolutely tragic. The Charlotte government is openly pro-LGBT, but the state’s decision to overrule an ordinance that extended protections to LGBT people forced the NBA to get involved and take a stand against a terrible piece of legislation.
The NBA wasn’t the only business to get involved, either. Apple, eBay, Cisco, and dozens of other companies also joined the fight.
The NBA offered numerous warnings to North Carolina, and to some extent the state did respond. Unfortunately, the changes to House Bill 2 were laughable and essentially a slap in the face to LGBT people and the many businesses opposing the meat of the legislation.
Woj summed up the bill nicely:
(It’s) a law that mandates transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates. The law also omits LGBT people from North Carolina’s anti-discrimination protections, forbids local governments from widening LGBT protections and excludes all forms of workplace discrimination lawsuits from North Carolina state courts.
So, now we’re without an All-Star Game.