Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) suffered a major rejection on Friday when Major League Baseball moved the 2021 All-Star Game from Georgia after Republicans passed a controversial voter suppression bill.
"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," Commission Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said in a statement.
"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," he wrote.
"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," Manfred said.
Former ESPN broadcaster Keith Olbermann had been among those calling for a boycott if MLB did not move the game out of Atlanta.
OLBERMANN VS. APARTHEID GEORGIA: If baseball owners will not boycott racism by moving their All-Star Game out of A… https://t.co/KF0QSLOENz— Keith Olbermann (@Keith Olbermann) 1616798021.0