The NBA released the following statement Thursday in response to a new North Carolina law regarding the ability of local government to pass anti-discrimination measures. North Carolina governor Pat McCrory signed the bill Wednesday following passage in the state's General Assembly. The new law has been met with a fervor of outrage from LGBTQ and equal rights activists.
The NBA's statement:
"The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who attend our games and events. 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.”
The NBA announced Charlotte would host the 2017 All-Star Game and plans are already underway for next February's event. Several media outlets, including Sporting News (based in Charlotte) and others, have called for the NBA to act in response to the legislation. A similar measure up for vote in Georgia has prompted several large corporations to threaten to remove their business from the state.
The 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.”
Stephen Curry, who is from North Carolina and went to Davidson, and whose father works for the Hornets, was asked about the law Friday and elected to not take a stance.
“I know the NBA has a stance on equality and incorporating all beliefs and people from all sorts of backgrounds,” Curry said after Friday morning’s shootaround. Charlotte is scheduled to host the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. “It’s interesting how that intersection is with the state law and the NBA having an event there. Hopefully, the right things need to happen for the All-Star Game to stay in Charlotte, because that would be huge for the city. Being from there, (All-Star weekend) is a chance to show what Charlotte is all about - regardless of where you fall with that law.”