Michael Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest basketball player of all-time.
Nowadays, he is the owner of the Charlotte Hornets and when his franchise secured the 2017 All-Star weekend, it was arguably the greatest success of his tenure at the Time Warner Cable Arena thus far.
All of that changed yesterday when the NBA announced they would be moving the event from Charlotte due to the controversial North Carolina House Bill 2.
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The league said in a statement that it does not "believe we can successfully host out All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2." They also stated that they want members of the LGBT community to feel welcome and the bill is simply not in keeping with their outlook on society.
To bring the All-Star party to Charlotte for the first time since 1991 was a major deal for MJ and one he was clearly immensely proud of.
Although the six-time NBA champion could not hide his disappointment, the Chicago Bulls legend did take hope in the league's declaration that they would consider Charlotte for 2019, should North Carolina adjust their stance by then.
"We understand the NBA’s decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season," Jordan said. "There was an exhaustive effort from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so. With that said, we are pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star Weekend again as soon as an opportunity was available in 2019.
"We want to thank the City of Charlotte and the business community for their backing throughout this entire process, starting with the initial bid. We are confident that they will be just as supportive and enthusiastic for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game."
According to ESPN, Jordan's old stomping ground Chicago is in the running to replace Charlotte as the venue in 2017, but New Orleans are being considered the early favourites at this stage.