CNN’s Jake Tapper cited an “informed” anonymous source who said part of the reason behind the MLB’s decision to move their July 13 All-Star game out of Georgia was because otherwise players would’ve been pestered by the media “from now until July whether they were boycotting or not.”
The MLB made the decision days after President Joe Biden said he would support the league moving the game out of Georgia as a boycott to a new election integrity law passed by state Republicans and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp in March.
“Lost amid all the criticism of @MLB for moving the All-Star game from Georgia to protest that state’s new voting law are some simple facts about what would have likely happened had MLB not done so, an informed source tells CNN,” Tapper wrote on Twitter.
“MLB officials made the decision because if they didn’t then the decision would be left to individual players, individual All-Stars, some of whom no doubt would have individually boycotted the game themselves.
“In short: There was no way to avoid this becoming political,” he added, citing the anonymous source.
“If MLB hadn’t acted, individual players would certainly have been asked from now until July whether they were boycotting or not. It would have — arguably — become a bigger issue.”
The MLB made the decision knowing it would cause outrage, but did so “trying to protect the individual players and to operate as a cohesive whole,” the source told CNN.
“Whatever you think of the decision, that was part of the calculation,” Tapper wrote.
3/ If MLB hadn’t acted, individual players would certainly have been asked from now until July whether they were boycotting or not.
It would have — arguably — become a bigger issue.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 7, 2021
The same sentiment that organizing the game in Georgia “just wasn’t worth” was echoed by ESPN writer Howard Bryant, who said the Georgia law was an example of “the American response to defeat.”
“Revenge and backlash have always been the American response to defeat, especially in the case of civil rights. Despite the resulting muddiness, misdirection and outrage, the Georgia voting bill, signed into law last month, was clearly a response to defeat, just as the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was,” he wrote.
The Washington Post gave Biden “Four Pinocchios” and dubbed him a “recidivist” for repeatedly spreading misleading or false claims about the law.
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