7/21/2016 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The NBA is officially saying goodbye to North Carolina … the 2017 All-Star Game will be moved to a state more friendly to the LGBT community.
The catalyst for the decision … the North Carolina law that requires people to use bathrooms that correspond with their birth gender. The move to repeal the law failed.
The game — which was originally scheduled for February 19, 2017 at Timer Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte — will now be moved to another city … as yet undetermined.
An NBA official says, “We do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.”
All hope isn’t lost for basketball fans in Charlotte … the NBA says they HOPE to reschedule the ASG for 2019 … providing Charlotte lawmakers 86 the bill.