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Major League Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred decided to move the All-Star Game on his own after holding extensive discussions with voting rights groups associated with Lebron James, Stacey Abrams and Rev. Al Sharpton, according to Fox News.
Abrams and Sharpton told the Rober Manfred players would boycott the game if not.
Abrams is disappointed about the Georgia boycott but is suspected to be involved with the final decision.
Lebron James has publicly supported the Georgia boycott, according to Fox.
Manfred decided the easiest way to deal with the matter was to leave Georgia.
Manfred, after coming to this conclusion told the eight-member executive committee before making the announcement.
Manfred said the decision was made after discussions with the MLB Players Association and its Players Alliance.
The game will now be held in Colorado at Coors Stadium.
“Disappointed @MLB will move the All-Star Game, but proud of their stance on voting rights. GA GOP traded economic opportunity for suppression,” Abrams wrote on Twitter.
“On behalf of PoC targeted by #SB202 to lose votes + now wages, I urge events & productions to come & speak out or stay & fight. #gapol”
“Like many Georgians, I am disappointed that the MLB is moving its All-Star Game; however, I commend the players, owners and League Commissioner for speaking out,” she wrote.
“As I have stated, I respect boycotts, although I don’t want to see Georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs. Georgians targeted by voter suppression will be hurt as opportunities go to other states.”
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) April 2, 2021
The relocation of the 2021 All-Star Game was a response made to boycott the new legislations requiring voters that desire mail in ballots to provide Photo I.D.
Georgia lawmakers passed the “Election Integrity Act of 2021” in a party-line vote last month.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has said that the legislation as essential to ensuring the integrity of state elections.
From Fox News:
Abrams could not immediately be reached for comment on her involvement in the decision.
Georgia lawmakers passed the “Election Integrity Act of 2021” in a party-line vote last month following a contentious 2020 election cycle. The bill included restrictions on absentee and mail-in voting, increased legislative oversight of state elections, additional voter ID requirements and restrictions on non-poll workers providing food and drink to voters waiting in line at polling centers.