Immediately, the measure led to celebrity boycotts, and companies canceling expansion plans. But few of those reactions caused business leaders more concern than the threat to move the 2017 All-Star weekend and its projected $100 million boost to Charlotte’s economy. Business leaders kicked off their efforts soon after the law was passed. “It was a complete galvanized community effort to do everything we could to try and save the All-Star Game in ’17 in Charlotte and to try … to encourage Raleigh to make some meaningful changes to a bill that we all felt needed to be changed,” Charlotte Hornets President Fred Whitfield said Thursday.
In the end, Charlotte business leaders never sent the letters to the NBA, which had already made clear that it was not satisfied with the legislature’s actions. In mid-July, team owners convened in Las Vegas for their annual owners meeting. Some owners supported keeping the game in Charlotte, Whitfield said, though he wouldn’t say who they were. Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts, who is openly gay, suggested that he would be uncomfortable coming to Charlotte for the game, according to sources who didn’t want to be named discussing internal deliberations.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guard/forward Treveon Graham. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We were impressed by Treveon’s play last season in the D-League and followed him closely during his four-year career at VCU,” said Cho. “We are excited to add someone with Treveon’s ability on both sides of the ball to our training camp roster.”
Anthony, who endorses Jordan’s Jumpman shoe and clothing line, was proud to hear the words from the adored fellow African-American icon who is known for staying quiet on social and racial issues. “I just read the statement before I came here. That’s big. That’s MJ. That’s Michael Jordan,” Anthony said. “As African-Americans, that’s who we look up to. He has a great voice with a great platform. I’m just glad that he came out now and he used it at this time with everything going on.”