Kings Applaud NBA Decision to Move All-Star Game From Charlotte

NBA cites state law HB2, which legalized discrimination

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Kings today released the following statement applauding the NBA for its decision to move the All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, over concerns about the state’s refusal to repeal HB2. The law has ignited a national conversation about discrimination and appropriate legal protections for members of the LGBT community.

“The NBA has long stood for inclusion and respect, and the Sacramento Kings are proud to be a part of that legacy,” said Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “On and off the court we have a diverse team representing different countries, races, religions, ages and sexual orientations. In basketball and in Silicon Valley, we share a similar philosophy – it does not matter who you are, your religious beliefs, your sexual orientation, or the color of your skin – everyone is welcome in our family. All that matters is that you’ve got game.

“We applaud and support the NBA's decision to ensure that all members of the NBA family, our fans and our partners are able to attend and enjoy the All-Star game in a state where they feel welcome and safe. We enthusiastically support Commissioner Silver and we are proud to play in a league that is a leader in promoting the importance of diversity and equality."

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