According to The Vertical, the NBA has officially withdrawn the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte. The decision is a result of North Carolina refusing to address new laws that discriminate against the LGBT community. Since the passing of the law, the NBA has threatened of pulling the game.
The NBA is not alone in its action. Among the other companies taking a stand against the anti-LGBT bill are PayPal, Deutsche Bank, Lionsgate, as well as several artists who have cancelled shows and events in the state.
No official statement has been made by the NBA, but The Vertical reports an announcement to be released this week.
Among the cities being heavily considered for the event is New Orleans, who last hosted the event in 2014.
House Bill 2, passed by the North Carolina legislation on Mar. 23, essentially canceled (and prohibits the creation of) laws that protected the LGBT community from discrimination. Furthermore, it mandates that transgender people use public bathrooms and locker rooms that do not correspond with their gender identity.
"We, of course, have a team in Charlotte, North Carolina," said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver earlier this year. "So we as a league want to make sure there is an environment where the LGBT community feels protected down in North Carolina."
Earlier this summer, Silver stated he did not know how the league could head into the regular season without knowing there the two sides stood. With the decision now being made, the NBA is holding its ground on their views and looking elsewhere.