The NBA has announced it will relocate the 2017 All-Star Game, moving the big NBA showcase weekend out of Charlotte, North Carolina. The anticipated move is a reaction to North Carolina legislators enacting House Bill 2 (HB2), a law seen as discriminatory against people in the LGBT community. Multiple NBA stars — current and former — had joined senators and business leaders in calling for the NBA to exact retribution on North Carolina because of the bill.
“We look forward to re-starting plans for our All-Star festivities in Charlotte for 2019 provided there is an appropriate resolution to this matter,” read the statement. The league promised to announce a new 2017 All-Star Game site in the coming weeks.