- Major League Baseball announced on Friday that it would no longer host its All-Star Game in Atlanta.
- The move came in the wake of a restrictive voting law enacted in Georgia last week.
- President Joe Biden had said he would support MLB moving the game over the law.
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“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,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “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 … Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support.”
-Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) April 2, 2021
The Atlanta Braves said in a statement that they were “saddened” by the decision and that it would hurt businesses, employees, and fans.
-Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 2, 2021
President Joe Biden had said on Wednesday that he would support the league moving the All-Star Game.
“I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly,” Biden told ESPN’s Sage Steele. “I would strongly support them doing that. People look to them. They’re leaders.”
Biden had described the law, enacted last week, as “Jim Crow on steroids.” Gov. Brian Kemp pushed back on the characterization.
This year’s All-Star Game is intended to honor the MLB legend Hank Aaron, who died in January. No new location was announced on Friday.
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