NBA pulls 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte over NC transgender bathroom law

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CHARLOTTE, NC — The 2017 NBA All-Star Game is officially moving out of Charlotte, North Carolina, and New York City is already offering to host the game.

The league announced the decision Thursday, saying it will not be hosting the game in North Carolina because of the transgender bathroom law, named HB2. The legislation requires people to use restrooms based on their gender at birth.

“Out 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,” the NBA released in a statement.

“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.”

The league said its officials and the Charlotte Hornets have worked with the state to change the law so it didn’t discriminate against the LGBT community. However, the HB2 law is still in effect. It will consider hosting the 2019 All-Star Game in Charlotte.

The NBA will announce in the coming weeks where the games will be held, but mayor Bill de Blasio has already extended an invitation.

“If you want an inclusive city, respectful of all gender identities, to host All-Star game: NYC welcomes you back,” de Blasio tweeted moments after the news broke.

New York City hosted the All-Star weekend in 2015 and is one of the cities being considered hold the scheduled February festivities again, ESPN reported.

Yahoo has also reported officials are looking to hold the game in New Orleans instead.

The team that would have hosted the weekend’s events said it understood the NBA’s decision.

“There was an exhaustive effort from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so,” the Charlotte Hornets said.

CNN contributed to this report. 

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