The fate of next season's NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte is in question after a law was passed in North Carolina that the league views as "discriminatory" toward gays, it announced on Thursday.
"The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who attend our games and events," the league said in a statement. "We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte."
North Carolina was the first state in the nation to require public school and university students to use public bathrooms according to the gender on their birth certificate, and the state has banned any local government measures protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The "Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act" has been criticized because it allows businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
The Charlotte Hornets released the following statement Friday:
"The Charlotte Hornets and Hornets Sports & Entertainment are opposed to discrimination in any form, and we have always sought to provide an inclusive environment. As has been the case since the building opened, we will continue to ensure that all fans, players and employees feel welcome while at work or attending NBA games and events at Time Warner Cable Arena.”
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