The Braves are under attack for poor choice of words.
The Braves, with a questionable tomahawk location in their statement, responded to MLB’s decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game and MLB Draft from Atlanta amid Georgia’s controversial new voting rights law.
The statement says:
The Atlanta Braves are deeply disappointed by Major League Baseball’s decision to move their ‘2021 All-Star Game’.
This was neither our decision nor our recommendation and we are saddened that fans cannot see this event in our city. The Braves organization will continue to emphasize the importance of equal voting opportunities and we hoped our city could use this event as a platform to enhance discussion. Our city has always been known as a unifier in divided times and we will miss the opportunity to address issues that are important to our community.
Unfortunately, Georgia businesses, employees and fans are victims of this decision.
We will continue to support community legacy projects that have been planned and are in process.
FAGAN: Moving All-Star Game is a surprise move for MLB
MLB says it discussed the decision to move the Atlanta game with players, past and present, and clubs to make a decision, ultimately feeling that the new voter law implemented in Georgia is something the league simply cannot support.
While the Braves are trying to blame MLB, perhaps a smarter speech than simply, “It’s their fault!” and finger pointing should be in order when talking about the controversial voter law. Twitter, sadly, is not a space for nuance.
Regardless, others felt the same, and the Atlanta organization’s weak and muffled response to MLB moving the All-Star Game received much criticism from fans, writers and more on Friday.
Georgia had a choice and took the one that takes away full citizenship from black Georgians.
Moving a baseball game is very small compared to that.
You will live and prosper. By contrast, many black Georgians will have no voice in government.
– stephen matlock (@stephenmatlock) April 2, 2021
TIL a team can only address issues that are important to their community during All-Star Weekend at their stadium.
– Emily Nyman (@EmSheDoesIt) April 2, 2021
Go talk to your state representatives, this is their fault.
– ⚜️🐯🏈BigRob8409316⚾️🏒⚜️ (@ Rob8409316) April 2, 2021
Very very embarrassing statement. Very disappointed to be a fan of this team today.
– Robert VanGundy (@ravangundy) April 2, 2021
Braves taking L even on days off lmaooooo they do better GA
– Michael (@BroadStBettor) April 2, 2021
Are you more disappointed by the cancellation of the game or because people are having their votes suppressed? choose one. you can’t do both.
– Erin Leahy 🗽 (@ evml07) April 2, 2021
The Braves say that “Georgia’s businesses, employees and fans are the victims of this decision.”
Yes, exactly, and businesses / fans from some other city will benefit. This is how economic boycotts work. Now, maybe ATL fans will mobilize against Georgia’s voting law. That is the whole point. https://t.co/CoX57aJj4U
– Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) April 2, 2021
“No one gives a @% t what the Cobb Country Braves have to say”
– Political organizer in Georgia after I shared this tweet from the team. https://t.co/Hxmc5u50Q9
– Dr. Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) April 2, 2021
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.