CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Pat McCrory went on a Charlotte public radio station Friday where he called the NBA’s decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte over House Bill 2 a “P.C. BS” decision.
In a statement released late Thursday afternoon, the NBA said it had decided to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had been critical of the law since it was signed into action by Gov. McCrory.
On July 12 in Las Vegas, Silver said the NBA was not ready to make a decision yet.
“But we recognize the calendar is not our friend here,” Silver said.
Silver was in Las Vegas for the NBA owners annual meeting. He said the NBA Board of Governors did receive updates on the situation with HB2 in North Carolina, but said they did not vote on the issue.
“Is this the place we should be in February 2017 as the epicenter of global basketball? Where we can go to celebrate our game and our values?” Silver asked at the time.
On Thursday, Silver made it clear that that Charlotte was not the place to celebrate the game and the league’s values.
Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2, the NBA said the league and the Charlotte Hornets had been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue to promote change.
McCrory, who told radio station WFAE that he learned about the NBA’s decision through the media, released a statement Thursday evening blaming “The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media” for “misrepresent[ing] our laws” that resulted in the NBA’s decision.
The governor said in Friday’s interview, “I’m disappointed, I strongly disagree with the decision…to put it bluntly, I think its total P.C. BS.”
McCrory said of the decision that it’s “…an insult to the city, insult to the state, and it sets a dangerous precedent of the corporate sports and entertainment elite basically asking for a quid pro quo on legislation or basically they’ll deny their service.”
The governor said the political left was to blame for HB2 even becoming an issue.
“This issue did not come from the political right, it came from the political left and it was well coordinated through a national campaign, well-funded and very targeted,” he said in the interview.
McCrory pointed out in the interview that the City of Houston had a referendum passing a similar law to HB2 and the NCAA still held their championship game there and there was “no moral outrage” by the media and the political left.
On Friday morning, North Carolina Representative Chris Sgro, D-Guilford, accused McCrory of making “a mess of North Carolina.”
Multiple sources have reported that the 2017 All-Star Game will be moved to New Orleans, but the NBA has no confirmed that.
Commissioner Silver did confirm in Thursday’s statement that Charlotte would host the game in 2019, but there was a catch.
“We look forward to re-starting plans for our All-Star festivities in Charlotte for 2019 provided there is an appropriate resolution to this matter,” he said.