The Braves are criticized for a poor choice of words.
The Braves, with a questionable tomahawk placement in their statement, responded to the MLB decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game and MLB Draft from Atlanta amid controversial new voting rights law. Georgia.
The statement reads as follows:
The Atlanta Braves are deeply disappointed with Major League Baseball’s decision to move its 2021 All Star Game.
It was neither our decision nor our recommendation and we are saddened that the fans cannot see this event in our city. The Braves organization will continue to stress the importance of equal voting opportunities and we had hoped that our city could use this event as a platform to enrich the discussion. Our city has always been known as oneness in divided times and we will miss the opportunity to address issues of importance to our community.
Sadly, businesses, employees and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision.
We will continue to support community heritage projects that have been planned and are underway.
MLB said they discussed the decision to move the game from Atlanta with players – past and present – and clubs to make a decision, ultimately believing the new election law being implemented in Georgia is something the league just can not support.
As the Braves try to blame MLB, perhaps smarter speech than simply “It’s their fault!” and finger pointing should be the order of the day when discussing the controversial Voters Act. Twitter, unfortunately, is not a space of nuance.
Either way, others felt the same, and the dull and weak response from the Atlanta organization to MLB moving the All-Star Game received a lot of warmth from fans, writers and more. again Friday.
Georgia had a choice and chose the one that takes full citizenship away from black Georgians.
Moving a baseball game is really small potatoes compared to that.
You will live and prosper. In contrast, many black Georgians will have no say 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 officials, it’s 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’s even on days off lmaooooo do better GA
– Michael (@BroadStBettor) April 2, 2021
Are you more disappointed with the game being canceled or people having their votes removed? choose one. you cannot do both.
– Erin Leahy 🗽 (@ evml07) April 2, 2021
The brave say that “companies, employees and fans in Georgia are the victims of this decision.”
Yes, exactly – and biz / fans in another city will benefit. This is how economic boycotts work. Now maybe the biz / ATL fans will rally against Georgia’s voting law. Exactly. https://t.co/CoX57aJj4U
– Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) April 2, 2021
“Nobody gives like @% t what the Cobb Country Braves have to say”
– Political organizer in Georgia after sharing this team tweet https://t.co/Hxmc5u50Q9
– Dr Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) April 2, 2021