The decision to replace Charlotte with New Orleans comes after state legislators have not changed newly-enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community.
House Bill 2 mandates transgender people use public restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates in government buildings.
On July 21, the NBA released the following statement regarding the game:
The NBA issued the following statement today regarding the 2017 NBA All-Star Game pic.twitter.com/2yo1YDA2Un
— NBA (@NBA) July 21, 2016
Gov. Pat McCrory also released a statement when the news of the NBA decision first broke:
“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. Twenty-one other states have joined North Carolina to challenge the federal overreach by the Obama administration mandating their bathroom policies in all businesses and schools instead of allowing accommodations for unique circumstances. 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. American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process.”
This marks the third time since 2008 that the All-Star Game has been held in New Orleans.