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For now, NBA not planning to move next All Star Game from North Carolina

For now, NBA not planning to move next All Star Game from North Carolina

Adam Silver is commissioner of the NBA.

The National Basketball Association does not have plans to move its 2017 All Star Game out of North Carolina despite the state recently enacting a highly controversial anti-LGBTI law.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged today that the HB2 law is ‘problematic’ for the league which has a team, the Charlotte Hornets, doing business in the state.

‘We’re not making any announcements now,’ the Charlotte Observer reports Silver telling the league’s board of governors at today’s meeting in New York.

‘We can be most constructive by working with elected officials to affect change.’

HB2 bans all local LGBTI rights ordinances in the state and was rushed into law to override an ordinance in Charlotte that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identification.

A bipartisan group of six US senators had called on the league to move the game.

‘We hold no ill-will towards the people of Charlotte, who passed an anti-discrimination measure that HB2 overturned, or towards the people of North Carolina,’ they stated in a letter.

‘However, we cannot condone nor stand idly by as North Carolina moves to legalize and institutionalize discrimination against the LGBT community. Nor should the NBA allow its premier annual event to be hosted in such a state.