In response to North Carolina's controversial anti-LGBTQ bathroom law, the qualified basketball organization has announced it will no longer hold the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina, hoping to be able to reschedule for 2019. "Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the concern of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte grew to become prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try out to result positive change," the NBA announced in a statement. " When we understand that the NBA cannot decide on the law in every single city, state, and nation in which we do business, we do not think we can effectively host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2." Much more: Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas Cancel North Carolina Tour Dates in Protest of Anti-LGBT Law Former Olympian and transgender actuality star Caitlyn Jenner praised the announcement on Twitter, creating, "Excellent moves, @NBA. Now.
What about you, @NCAA??" Many NBA stars have also reacted, which includes Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry -- who grew up in Charlotte when his father.
Dell Curry, played for the Hornets -- who told ESPN's SportsCenter that he understood the NBA's position, but was disappointed due to the fact he knew "how significantly that would have meant to the city." "It really is disappointing that my home staff won't be ready to host the All-Star Game as planned." - Steph Curry pic.twitter.com/V3SthOx9H4 New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony informed ESPN he felt poor for the Charlotte Hornet’s crew chairman, Michael Jordan, saying, "We as players did not assume it was going to get to this. It really is unfortunate." Much more: Mumford and Sons Donates Proceeds From North Carolina Concert to LGBT Charity Turner Sports, who owns the All-Star Game's host channel, TNT, supported the NBA's selection, saying in a statement, "Diversity in all its types is core to our worth method, and to the success of our company. Laws to the contrary go against our basic belief of equality and inclusion for all folks."
Turner Supports NBA's Choice to Relocate 2017 All-Star Game from North Carolina pic.twitter.com/26q4uETbAH The league stressed that the determination was not meant to be an indictment on the Hornets organization, saying, "The City of Charlotte and the Hornets organization have sought to provide an inclusive setting and the Hornets will continue to ensure that all patrons -- which include members of the LGBT community -- really feel welcome while attending games and events in their arena."
Additional: Ringo Starr Cancels North Carolina Concert Over Anti-LGBT Law, Cyndi Lauper Speaks Out The Hornets and Jordan responded with a statement of their own on Thursday, saying "We realize the NBA's decision and the difficulties all around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season." "There was an exhaustive hard work from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so," the Hornets continued. "With that explained, we are pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star Weekend yet again as quickly as an opportunity was obtainable in 2019." : Raven-Symone and Clay Aiken Speak to Transgender Duo About North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law