MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark announced Friday that players are ready to discuss moving this summer’s MLB All-Star game out of Atlanta after the state legislature passed a GOP-sponsored election reform bill.
Clark claims that the Georgia voting bill will make it “particularly difficult for black voters to reach the polls,” indicating the state’s bill is racist.
“Players are very much aware of the Georgia voting bill,” Clark goes on to say in the Boston Globe.
Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp responded to the Left’s criticism of the bill on Thursday’s Your World, blasting H.R. 1.
“What this bill actually does is fight the rhetoric from those that are fund-raising off of this issue and polarizing it, to take away from the unconstitutional power grab of H.R. 1 that’s going on in Washington D.C. right now. It further secures our absentee ballots by mail by requiring a photo I.D., which the vast majority of Georgians support. It is also adding days of early voting on the weekends. We’re expanding the right to vote in Georgia. You’re not hearing that from the other side. That’s what the truth is, as well as further securing absentee ballot boxes, which didn’t exist before.
“It’s completely contrary to what they’re trying to do in D.C. by doing away with the state’s photo I.D. requirement, by doing away with it being illegal to harvest ballots in Georgia [and] making that mandatory at the federal level. I fought very hard for over a decade to keep our voter rolls secure. You wouldn’t be able to do that with H.R. 1. So I think the people really need to look at who is trying to restrict things. It’s the Democrats in Washington, not Republicans that continue to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat.”
In 2017, the China-supporting NBA moved its All-Star game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, after saying the state didn’t protect the rights of the LGBTQ community.
Clark did say that the Players Association has not yet had a conversation with the league on the issue but looks forward to having the conversation.