Atlanta stripped off MLB All-Star Game over Georgia voting law

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 4, 2021

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said the organisation's decision had nothing to do with concerns about "access to voting", claiming Major League Baseball failed "to stand up to the lies of a radical mob hellbent on distorting the truth for political gain". He added that the decision would hurt working people in the state and would have long-term consequences on the economy. We won't back down in the fight for racial equity. "And we will continue to speak truth despite extortion and intimidation".

Three groups have sued over the measure, which includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run. Critics say it violates the First and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, as well as parts of the federal Voting Rights Act that say states can not restrict Black voter participation.

The Georgia bill mandates voter identification for absentee ballots and allows polls to be open from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. Biden told ESPN that the bill is "Jim Crow on steroids" after claiming in his first press conference in March that it is "Jim Crow in the 21st century". It also expands weekend early voting, although Republicans had earlier proposed limiting it. It's hard to say it because we should have been proactive earlier, before past year.

"Obviously voting rights are a pillar in this country". The Democrat is being closely watched to see if she seeks a 2022 rematch.

FILE - In this October 7, 2018, file photo, ground crews prepare the field at Sun Trust Park, now known as Truist Park, ahead of Game 3 of MLB baseball's National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves in a statement said it was "deeply disappointed" by the league's decision to relocate.

The new law has brought protests and threats to boycott such Georgia-based firms as Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines, which both came out against the new law.

Businesses in the Peach State had been facing pressure to condemn the controversial SB 202 legislation passed in the GOP-majority state legislature and signed by Governor Brian Kemp. "Today, Major League Baseball caved to fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies", said Kemp.

"They're coming for your game or event in your hometown, and they're coming to cancel everything from sports, how you make a living, and they will stop at nothing to silence all those", he said.

"I really don't follow any kind of politics, really, but as far as the All-Star Game, that's kind of a bummer for the city of Atlanta", said Red Sox pitcher Garrett Richards. The All-Star Game was scheduled for July 13 at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves.

Jeffrey Guterman, a retired mental health counselor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who calls himself an amateur baseball historian, said the decision showed baseball changing with the times.

"I think in a world now where people want and need to be heard - and in this particular case, people of color - for Major League Baseball to listen and do something about it, to be proactive, it sets a tone", said Roberts, the son of a Black father and Japanese mother.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday he made the decision to move the All-Star events and the amateur draft from Atlanta after discussions with individual players and the Players Alliance, an organization of Black players formed after the death of George Floyd past year. A new ballpark for the events wasn't immediately revealed.

"The cries of "voter suppression" from those on the left ring as hollow as the continuously debunked claims of "mass voter fraud" in Georgia's 2020 election", Raffensperger said.

Kemp criticized the Major League Baseball for its sudden decision, citing "cancel culture" in an interview with The Hill.

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