The NBA announced on Wednesday that the 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be hosted by Charlotte. The decision comes after the NBA moved the 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans following backlash to North Carolina’s controversial HB2 bill that discriminated against transgender people.
The bill was repealed, although there were still criticisms to the repeal, and the NBA has agreed to bring the All-Star Game back to the Queen City. NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement on the decision, noting the concerns about the repeal and insisting that the NBA will install anti-discriminatory policies that will become the standards for all All-Star events in the future in all locations.
Here are Silver’s full comments: