In the wake of North Carolina passing a controversial transgender bill, the Charlotte Hornets released a statement on the matter Friday.
According to ESPN.com's Marc J. Spears, the Hornets made it clear they are against discrimination involving transgender people or anyone else at Time Warner Cable Arena:
The Carolina Hurricanes also issued a statement: "The Carolina Hurricanes and PNC Arena are devoted to providing a welcoming and respectful environment for all fans. We stand against all forms of discrimination.”
Per Tal Kopan and Eugene Scott of CNN.com, North Carolina governor Pat McCrory signed a bill Thursday that will prevent transgender people from using the restroom of the gender they identify with, in addition to limiting cities' attempts to pass nondiscrimination laws.
The new law is of particular significance to the NBA since the 2017 All-Star Game is scheduled to take place at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.
Per Eric Freeman of Yahoo Sports, the league released a statement Thursday expressing concern over keeping the game in Charlotte due to the landscape created by the law:
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 hasn't pulled the game from Charlotte or offered any alternative options at this point, but its statement suggests that a change will be considered if the law remains intact.
An assurance from the Hornets organization that there will be no discrimination of any kind may ease the NBA's concern to some degree, but there is little doubt the league will keep a close eye on the situation before officially committing to Charlotte for one of its biggest events of 2017.
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