In a statement, Bottoms voiced concern over the event, which will involve players from all over the NBA traveling to Atlanta despite more than 25 NBA games being postponed because of health and safety protocols so far this season. The statement was first published by Chenue Her of 11 Alive News and obtained by the AJC.
“Under normal circumstances, we would be extremely grateful for the opportunity to host the NBA All-Star game, but this is not a typical year,” Bottoms’ statement read. “I have shared my concerns related to public health and safety with the NBA and Atlanta Hawks. We are in agreement that this is a made-for-TV event only, and people should not travel to Atlanta to party. There will be no NBA-sanctioned events open to the public and we strongly encourage promoters, clubs, bars, etc. not to host events in the city related to this game.”