NBA still undecided on All-Star Game in Charlotte

NEW YORK (WNCN) – The NBA is still undecided on whether to move the 2017 NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte, the league said Friday.

The NBA had previously raised concerns about having the game in Charlotte after North Carolina passed House Bill 2.

League Commissioner Adam Silver fielded questions from the media Friday where he described HB2 as being “problematic” for the NBA.

“The league believes that these groups need to be protected, but the right way to work to the proper resolution here is for the league to remain engaged in the conversation, rather than setting ultimatums or saying we will not play our All-Star Game in Charlotte,” Silver said.

Some media outlets, including CBS North Carolina, said the game would remain in Charlotte following the Silver press conference but the NBA clarified his comments.

Mike Bass, executive vice president, communications of the NBA, released a statement that read:

“During a media availability earlier today following the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting, Commissioner Adam Silver clarified that the NBA remains deeply concerned about its ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina, in light of recent legislation that discriminates against the LGBT community. At no time did Adam affirm that the league would not move the All-Star Game; rather he stressed repeatedly that the legislation is problematic, that we feel it is best to engage with the community to work towards a solution, that change is needed and we are hopeful that it will occur,”

Also Friday, singer Cyndi Lauper announced she would perform in Raleigh at the Duke Energy Center as scheduled June 4 but that the concert would be a benefit for the LGBT community.

“Sadly, once again, the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have been trampled on with the recent passage of HB2 in North Carolina,” Lauper said. “Me and my team at the True Colors Fund have been closely monitoring the situation in North Carolina and support the efforts of the Human Rights Campaign, Equality North Carolina, and others to repeal HB2 in the upcoming legislative session. The pressure to repeal HB2 is building and it is beautiful.”

Also Friday, Cirque du Soleil said Friday that it will scrap plans for “Ovo” to play Greensboro from April 20-24 and Charlotte from July 6-10, and “Toruk — The First Flight,” which was scheduled to play Raleigh from June 22-26.

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