President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he would strongly support moving his All-Star Game to Atlanta after Georgia passed new voting restrictions that disproportionately target black residents.
“I think today’s professional athletes act incredibly responsibly. I would support them strongly, ”Biden said in an interview with EPSN SportsCenter host Sage Steele. “People are looking to them. They are leaders. “
Tony Clark, director of the MLB Players Association, said on Friday he “would look forward” to discussing the All-Star Game’s July 13 move out of Atlanta.
“The players are very aware,” the union leader told the Boston Globe. “As far as the All-Star Game goes, we haven’t had a conversation with the league about it. If there is an opportunity to do so, we would look forward to having this conversation. “
In his interview on Wednesday, Biden stressed that athletes are fueling political change, especially within the National Basketball Association. And such a decision would not be the first in the history of sport. In 2017, the NBA moved its All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, after the state legislature passed a bill discriminating against transgender people.
“The people who are the victims the most are the people who are leaders in these same sports,” Biden told ESPN. “And that’s not fair. It’s Jim Crow on steroids, which they do over there in Georgia and 40 other states. “
Last week, the Republican-controlled Georgia state government approved sweeping new law that imposes strict voter ID requirements for mail-in ballots, limits ballot locations, gives legislature greater control over elections and criminalizes the supply of food and water to voters in line. .
The overhaul comes after Republicans lost two Senate races in a special election in January, giving Democrats control of both houses of Congress.
At his first press conference as president last week, Biden also called the law “Jim Crow in the 21st century.”
Big business has come under pressure to speak out and take action against the law – and activists have threatened to boycott if they don’t.
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