Major League Baseball is moving its July all-star game out of Atlanta, Ga., in protest of the new election reforms signed into law last month.
“Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a Friday statement, according to ESPN. “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft.”
The decision comes days after President Joe Biden endorsed such a move. Biden said that athletes should take the lead in protesting the new election reforms, which he likened to Jim Crow, and praised athletes who have used their platforms and sports to make political statements.
“I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly. I would strongly support them [moving the all-star game out of Atlanta],” Biden told ESPN’s Sage