NC lawmakers, candidates react to NBA pulling All-Star Game from Charlotte

NC lawmakers, candidates react to NBA pulling All-Star Game from Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WECT) - Lawmakers and candidates are reacting to the news that the NBA has pulled the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of HB2. Here are several statements received by email following the league's decision Thursday afternoon:

"The sports and entertainment elite, 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. Twenty-one other states have joined North Carolina to challenge the federal overreach by the Obama administration mandating their bathroom policies in all businesses and schools instead of allowing accommodations for unique circumstances. 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. American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process." – Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC)

"The need for HB2 became crystal clear earlier this month, just steps away from the NBA arena in Charlotte, when a grown man engaged in sexual activity in a women's public bathroom – which, if Jennifer Roberts and Roy Cooper had their way, he could have argued was legal by simply claiming he felt like being in the women's bathroom. Lawmakers had several positive conversations with the NBA attempting to find common ground while keeping grown men out of bathrooms and shower facilities with women and young girls, but unfortunately the NBA withdrew from those discussions. Ultimately, the suggestion that state leaders should abandon our moral obligation to protect our constituents in order to keep one exhibition basketball game is absurd and shows a clear contrast in values." – Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham), NC Senate Leader

"What is happening here is so much bigger than a basketball game.  A sovereign state is being blackmailed by a private business (NBA) who is being threatened by a national LGBT lobbying effort, all to force North Carolina to open female restrooms, showers and locker rooms up to men.  All of this was done under the guise of "inclusiveness" and other politically correct buzzwords. But the reality is that had we not blocked the Charlotte Bathroom Ordinance from going into effect, sex offenders and pedofiles would have had full access to our women and children in bathrooms around the state.  I enjoy the NBA and wanted them to hold the All-Star game in Charlotte but if that game comes with strings attached, strings that would expose women and children to danger, molestation, assault and voyeurism, then no thank you. Take your business elsewhere, and I have no apologies about saying that and never will. The NBA knows the economic hit North Carolina will take from this decision. I wish the NBA would likewise acknowledge the pain, sorrow and devastation a child or woman feels when they are exploited. We will never value a dollar over a woman's or child's safety and security."  - Lt. Governor Dan Forest 

"Today is a yet another sad example of how the reckless Republican agenda in Raleigh is hurting our economy. We cannot afford four more years of my opponent Lt. Governor Dan Forest's leadership. The role of the Lt. Governor is to help bring economic development to our state, not to drive companies away. The loss of the NBA All-Star Weekend is adding to the hundreds of millions of dollars North Carolina has already lost and will continue to lose until this bill is repealed. We need leaders who will put North Carolina families first; yet we continue to see how the Republicans' tone-deaf policies, like HB2, are putting an ideological agenda before creating an economy that works for everyone.'"  - Linda Coleman, Democratic Challenger to Lt. Governor Dan Forest 

"Richard Burr has gone from saying HB2 doesn't discriminate and insisting it won't hurt business, to saying it's gone too far, and since then complete silence. The NBA's decision to move the All-Star Game away from North Carolina is a perfect example of what happens when folks who are supposed to stand up for our state refuse to show leadership. While Richard Burr will say anything – or nothing, to save his job, it's clear that Burr's self-interest ranks higher than North Carolinians' jobs and our businesses on his priority list. We need a US Senator who has the courage to stand up for what's right when it matters. North Carolinians can trust Deborah to do just that." – Cole Leiter, Press Secretary for Deborah Ross, Democratic challenger to Sen. Richard Burr

"I am disappointed to learn of the NBA's decision to move its All-Star Game away from Charlotte.  While the City itself set the forces in motion that ultimately led to this outcome, it is unfortunate that Charlotte will not be hosting this event next year.  We will continue to advocate that North Carolina is a great place to live, do business and to visit and will not let the decision on one event dampen our efforts to continue moving North Carolina forward." – Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland), NC House Speaker

To read a statement from the NBA regarding the decision click here:

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