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MLBPA Threatening To Move All-Star Game After Georgia Election Reform Bill

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.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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      • That’s exactly what they’re saying. White liberals are so fuc#*%* pathetic with their lies and manipulations. The “white liberal saviors” who promote themselves while holding down minorities are sickening. It is a shame the sheeple can’t see through the lies….(and of course white liberals like Jack Dorsey support people like Jemele Hill to spread the lies and make it even more manipulative)

  1. So what needs to happen is politicians like Tim Scott and Burgess Owens need to be more vocal about how insulting it is to assume that people of color cannot get proper ID. The Georgia Election Reform Bill is actually a good thing to help ensure integrity of our elections, which most people agree needs fixing. The only part I disagree with is restricting people from handing out water to voters waiting in line – that’s just silly and frankly unenforceable.

    • Doesn’t matter, when those guys speak up they’re just called Uncle Toms or House N@ggers. It’s on IG, some of the black speakers I follow calling out the idiotic nonsense from the left over this, all of em getting called crap like that by the ignorant black folks that think the Democrats really have their best interests in mind.

  2. I have been a die hard baseball fan my entire life. Last year after the BS around when to start and how many millions they made I did not watch a single pitch. If they pull this, I am done forever. Baseball is already struggling to attract viewers, why alienate more (and most of the people who are currently watching, old white guys)

  3. I really don’t understand why people make it seem like getting/having/keeping an I.D. card is a skill not accessible to black folks. You don’t need a degree from M.I.T. to get one. Trust me, I’ve had a Driver’s License/ID card for many years, and I’m not very smart.
    But if Tony Clark is that worried about the politics in Georgia, maybe he should quit his job as the MLBPA Union Head and run for office in Georgia.

  4. Thanks for your input, MLBPA. But please stick to crying about making millions while fighting with MLB over stupid nonsense as you have for decades.

    Then again, maybe you want to tank your ratings, and future salaries, as the NBA has done

  5. Let’s see, the choice is between Woke sports or election integrity? Well, the Wokesters need to do something now, because Georgia is not going to be the only state pursuing election reform, especially with a majority of states having GOP-controlled legislatures. Fail, and it’s over for the Wokies. (I think they’ll fail…)

    • The irony of MLBPA’s stance is HR 1 bears more of a resemblance to MLB All Star fan voting than an actual election, where anyone, anywhere can vote for whoever they want, and how often they want, with no way to check who is doing the voting. As the MLBPA is always one of the first to cry about All Star snubs affecting contract bonuses, you’d think they would support the rule Georgia is proposing.

      • This causes me great grief as I love baseball. Always have. But if Tony Clark wants to use MLB as a tool to destroy our country, I guess I will have to live without baseball.
        We really need to just split into 2 countries. The Libtards can continue with their Socialist fantasies and create another Venezuela. Let the Woke morons continue with their experiment, meanwhile the rest of us can continue to build a stable society.

  6. Is it racist if you have to have a valid ID to get through security at an airport or get into the Democratic National Convention? I think it is racist that I have to go through customs when coming back in the country but people can come across the southern border without an ID. I want my reparations now and whatever you offer will not be enough! I also need reparations for Affirmative Action programs that did not benefit me.

    Tony Clark….you are misinformed and probably do not care.

    • Not to mention, the people coming across our southern border come from countries that require, and give out for free, VOTER IDS. Strange how someone from Mexico can obtain a voter ID in Mexico, but such a feat becomes impossible once you enter the United States

  7. Tony Clark is like all Democrats…they believe blacks are too stupid & lazy to obtain a voter ID. Yet they still get 92% of black votes. What does that tell you?

    I signed up for MLB.TV two years ago. If MLB doesn’t shut the players union down, I’m cancelling for good.

  8. If you don’t have any form of ID I don’t see how you can do anything in this country, but you can vote??? You can’t do business at a bank, you can’t buy a vehicle, you can’t buy a gun, you can’t get a loan, you can’t apply for federal money, you can’t get a tax refund, You can’t rent an apartment, you can’t go to school, you can’t get insurance, but you can vote? Who are these people Walking around with no form of identification? I guess they just sit in a room by themselves all day long staring at a wall waiting for the next election to vote in? Because that’s about all you can do without an ID. I don’t know who’s room they’re sitting in because they can’t buy anything.

    This is the most idiotic argument in America right now, that you don’t need ID to vote. Why doesn’t the government just come out and say we want corruption and election meddling?

  9. The left has one strategic idea: drive a wedge between heterosexual white Christians and everyone else and influence demographics to help one side win. That’s it. They have god awful candidates they don’t even like (Harris got what 2% in her best primary?). They have god awful policy ideas no one likes (open borders, defunding police are not majority supported). But they’ve got a smart strategy to base every single issue on race. Every. Single. Moment. From a day honoring Dr. Seuess to a mass murder in Atlanta. Every moment is an opportunity to ignite the race flame. It wins elections. But it’s ruining the country.

  10. Tell you what, Dems want to reform the process to buy a gun and Republicans want to reform how people vote. Just make the state laws the same for each process. That way we keep votes and guns out of the wrong hands.

  11. The Players Union is a stupid and poorly informed as LeBron. Go ahead and act MLB… I already watch about 10% of the games I used to; I won’t miss not watching at all and not renewing my MLB subscription,

  12. So holding some responsibility to blacks is now racism…well Dems keep proving they are the racists.

    This isn’t 3/5ths time anymore and we have a 15th ammendment…this racism rhetoric is just to keep the corrupt election system narrative going.

  13. Sports leagues need to stay out of this nonsense, it’s ruining their appeal, I have stopped watching the NBA and have no plans to go back. I hope I don’t have to do the same with MLB. This topic is a non-issue, there are numerous ways to vote besides ballot harvesting and/or mass mail in. Any efforts to ensure our elections are accurate (e.g. voter ID) are met with racist claims by the Dems. Are airlines racist to require ID to get on a plane? Are local laws racist that require ID to purchase a six pack of beer? Ugh, our world is gone crazy…not good.

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