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The NBA might move the 2017 All-Star Game out of North Carolina after new 'discriminatory' law

NBA: North Carolina anti-LGBT law could impact Charlotte All-Star game

The NBA's All-Star Weekend is currently slated to take place in Charlotte next February, but that may soon change after North Carolina signed a bill into law on Wednesday that repeals LGBT protections.

The league released a statement Thursday evening, voicing their disappointment in the law, noting that it "runs counter to our guiding principles of equality."

The new law blocks all North Carolina cities from allowing transgender men and women from using public bathrooms of the gender they identify as. Charlotte city government approved a bill that lets transgender individuals use the public restrooms of their choosing, but that was supplanted with the state-wide law passed this week.

In 2014, the NBA became the first major American pro sports league to employ an openly gay player when Jason Collins signed with the Brooklyn Nets and played 22 games before retiring.

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This is far from the first time that the NBA has let its social opinions be known. On Christmas Day, the league debuted television ads featuring its biggest stars calling for gun safety. In 2014, Adam Silver didn't impose fines on players who warmed up in shirts that read "I Can't Breathe" following the non-indictment of the NYPD officer who put Eric Gardner in a fatal chokehold.

The NBA has never stripped a host city of its designated All-Star festivities, so such an act would be an extremely vocal message toward North Carolina government and the LGBT community.

- By John Dorn

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Dennis Rodman, 2014

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Tim Hardaway, 1996

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Tim Hardaway, 2014

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Steve Francis, 2007

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Steve Francis, 2015

Tracy McGrady, 2003

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Tracy McGrady, 2015

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John Stockton, 1994

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John Stockton, 2015

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Allen Iverson, 1997

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Allen Iverson, 2015

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Charles Oakley, 1995

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Charles Oakley, 2015

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Gheorge Muresan, 1996

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Gheorge Muresan, 2015

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Horace Grant, 1991

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Horace Grant, 2015

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Stephon Marbury, 2007

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Stephon Marbury, 2015

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Damon Stoudamire, 2001

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Damon Stoudamire, 2015

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David Robinson, 1998

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David Robinson, 2015

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Hakeem Olajuwon, 1994

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Hakeem Olajuwon, 2015

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Dan Majerle, 1993

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Dan Majerle, 2015

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Shawn Kemp, 1996

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Shawn Kemp, 2015

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Penny Hardaway, 1993

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Penny Hardaway, 2015

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Toni Kukoc, 1996

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Toni Kukoc, 2014

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Scottie Pippen, 1998

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Scottie Pippen, 2015

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Michael Jordan, 1992

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Michael Jordan, 2015

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