The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will move from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of that state's controversial transgender bathroom law, the league announced Thursday.
The league said it would make an announcement about where the February game would be played in the coming weeks.
The NBA also said it hopes to hold the 2019 game in Charlotte "provided there is an appropriate resolution to this matter."
Gov. Pat McCrory slammed the decision.
"The sports and entertainment elite, (N.C.) Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present," the governor said. "Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children."
The National Basketball Association is a billion-dollar money-making enterprise, not a "left wing special interest group." If you are going to tell these entities that your bigoted state is open for business, don't be shocked then they protect their own business interests and reject the offer to be associated with intolerance and hatred.
In a decent America, this would lead the citizens of North Carolina to conclude that their legislature and their governor do not accurately reflect their values. This is no longer a decent America; this will allow everyone to double down and claim victimhood. But, hey--the market has spoken.