In a report released Wednesday night by Fox Business Senior Correspondent Charlie Gasparino, sources say that Major League Baseball and commissioner Rob Manfred bent the knee under pressure from Stacey Abrams and a voting rights group that also has ties to LeBron James and Rev. Al Sharpton.
Sources tell Fox News that Abrams and Sharpton told Manfred that players would boycott the All-Star Game if he didn’t move the game out of Georgia. Meanwhile, on April 2, Abrams said she was “disappointed” that Major League Baseball had relocated the game out of her state where she’s served politically.
“Like many Georgians, I am disappointed that the MLB is relocating the All-Star game; however, I commend the players, owners and League commissioner for speaking out. I urge others in positions of leadership to do so as well. As I have stated, I respect boycotts, although I don’t want to see Georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs,” Abrams wrote in her response to MLB’s decision to remove the game from Atlanta.
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) April 2, 2021
Now, as Fox states, Stacey and her voting rights group are said to be the ones who put pressure on Manfred to acquiesce. Manfred then decided to take the game out of Atlanta rather than deal with a possible player boycott.
Meanwhile, an AJC.com reporter is spinning this in a different direction. If anything, it definitely sounds like Stacey was sniffing around at Major League Baseball headquarters. You be the judge at to what Stacy was up to here.
Per second source w/ @MLB: @StaceyAbrams didn’t talk to Commissioner @RobManfred, but she did talk to a senior league official before the announcement was made. In that conversation, she reiterated her position opposing boycotts, as she had said publicly the day before. #gapol
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) April 7, 2021