Former President Donald Trump dropped the hammer on Major League Baseball after they moved the All-Star game from Atlanta over the new voting bill passed by the Georgia legislature and called for a boycott.
“Baseball is already losing tremendous numbers of fans, and now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections,” former President Trump said in the press release.
“Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections. Are you listening Coke, Delta, and all,” he added.
Commissioner Rob Manfred released the following statement about moving the game:
“Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views. I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft.
“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.
“In 2020, MLB became the first professional sports league to join the non-partisan Civic Alliance to help build a future in which everyone participates in shaping the United States.
“We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process. Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.
“We will continue with our plans to celebrate the memory of Hank Aaron during this season’s All-Star festivities.
“In addition, MLB’s planned investments to support local communities in Atlanta as part of our All-Star Legacy Projects will move forward.
“We are finalizing a new host city and details about these events will be announced shortly,” he added.
From CBS Sports:
MLB Players Association director Tony Clark told the Boston Globe that the union body is “very much aware” of the bill signed by Georgia governor Brian Kemp recently that overhauled the state’s election laws. The bill includes “new restrictions on voting by mail and gives the legislature greater control over how elections are run,” according to CBS News. It has been opposed by both Democrats and voting rights groups who believe the law will “disproportionately disenfranchise voters of color.”
Clark told the Globe that “we have not had a conversation with the league on that issue” before adding that “if there is an opportunity to, we would look forward to having that conversation.”
President Joe Biden offered his support to the MLB Players Association ahead of Opening Day. “I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly,” he said during an interview on ESPN. “I would strongly support them doing that. People look to them. They’re leaders.”
The Braves statement regarding the moving of the MLB All-Star Game: pic.twitter.com/0Iapm3eIre— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 2, 2021
Breaking: MLB is moving the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta, the league announced.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 2, 2021
"Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box," Commissioner Rob Manfred said. pic.twitter.com/Cm14QDnCuo