MLB Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred has decided to move the All-Star Game himself after extensive discussions with voting groups linked to LeBron James, Stacey Abrams and the Rev. Al Sharpton, sources familiar with the move told Fox. News.
Abrams and Sharpton said the commissioner’s players would boycott the game if not. Sources say Abrams’ current position, frustrated by the boycott in Georgia, is suspicious because she was a key player in the decision. James publicly supported the boycott of Georgia.
The Abrams and Sharpton group also called on the commissioner to support other issues, including election campaigns and HR 1
According to a source, Manfred decided that the easiest way to deal with the issue was to leave Georgia.
After Manfred made his decision, he told the eight-member executive committee before making the announcement, which surprised the other 22 teams. Manfred said the decision came after discussions with the MLB Players Association and its Players Alliance.
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The game will now take place in Colorado.
“The frustrated @MLB will move the game to the stars, but proud of his position on voting rights. GA GOP is trading an economic opportunity for suppression,” Abrams wrote on Twitter last week after the move was announced. “On behalf of PoC, targeting # SB202 to lose votes + now pay, I urge events and productions to come and talk or stay and fight. #Gapol “
She later issued another statement. “Like many Georgians, I am disappointed that MLB is moving its game to the stars; however, I congratulate the players, the owners and the league commissioner for speaking out,” she wrote. “As I said, I respect the boycott, although I do not want to see families in Georgia hurt by lost events and jobs. Georgians aimed at suppressing the electorate will be hurt when opportunities go to other countries.”
Abrams could not immediately be reached for comment on her involvement in the decision.
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Georgian lawmakers pass “2021 Election Integrity Act” in party voting last month following a controversial election cycle in 2020. The bill includes restrictions on absentee and postal voting, enhanced legislative oversight of state elections, additional voter identity requirements and restrictions on non-poll workers provide food and drink to voters waiting in line at polling stations.
Republican supporters, including Georgian Gov. Brian Kemp, have cited the legislation as essential to ensuring the integrity of the state election.