National Basketball Association head: Nixing Charlotte All-Star Game a business decision

NBA commissioner Adam Silver AP

NBA commissioner Adam Silver AP

"And I think it sets a risky precedent".

A source close to the situation, however, said it would be an overstatement to say there was an actual agreement.

"The NBA recognizes that it can not choose the law in every country, state, and city in which it does business". This after trying for months to work with McCrory and his bathroom goon squad to come up with a reasonable solution that would keep the All-Star Game in Charlotte.

The professional basketball league announced that it is canceling its 2017 "weeklong schedule of All-Star events and activities" in Charlotte because "we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2". The league said it would reschedule the 2019 game for Charlotte if disputes about the law are resolved. Michael Jordan be damned, the Charlotte Hornets and the city's basketball-mad fan base will be without the spotlight next February -not to mention throughout the regular season and post-season thanks to McCrory and his biased hate bill.

Cooper's campaign was quick to criticize McCrory over the NBA's move, issuing a statement saying: "While the economic consequences of HB2 grow, Governor McCrory continues to pass the blame onto others while refusing to take any action to stop the bleeding".

'LGBT North Carolinians and millions around the country are anxious to see an end to these unsafe displays of intolerance.

McCrory told the Observer on Thursday that during the whole process, he had some "very constructive conversations" over the phone with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

(CNN) As a husband, father and artist living and working in the state of North Carolina, I am caught in a storm between my city and my state. The task force would include members from the business, faith and LGBT communities, he said.

"It was certainly not our preference to move the game", Silver wrote.

Whitfield first met with the CEO group, called the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council, in April to discuss HB2. But in the final days of the legislative session, the National Basketball Association and the Charlotte Hornets issued a joint statement saying that they didn't support proposed revisions to HB2 that were then before the state legislature.

Ultimately the legislature restored the right of workers to sue for employment discrimination using a state law, but adjourned the session on July 1 without repealing provisions that limited non-discrimination protection for LGBT people and directed which restroom transgender people can use.

But the draft would not change a key part of HB2 - the prohibition on transgender persons using the bathroom or locker room of their gender identity in government facilities.

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