Aw, isn’t that too bad? Major League Baseball’s offensive, incompetent and unjustified decision to pull its mid-summer All-Star Game out of Atlanta in order to signal it’s virtue to the Left, capitulate to its various sponsors under their own pressure from activists, and, as usual, to grovel to its race-baiting players union, has made the Commissioner, the game, and the unscrupulous politicians whose lead they followed look terrible…and there is no way out.
Ah, if only they read Ethics Alarms. This was an easy ethics call, just as the obnoxious efforts of the NFL and the NBA to drag politics into their games were an easy call: wrong, an abuse of trust, and stupid, stupid, stupid.
Let’s look at the current position of the architects of this mess, beginning with…
I. President Biden
A week ago, Biden told ESPN he “strongly supported” the MLB’s boycott of Georgia.
“I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly. I would strongly support them doing that. People look to them. They’re leaders.Look what’s happened with the NBA, as well. Look what’s happened across the board. The very people who are victimized the most are the people who are the leaders in these various sports, and it’s just not right.”
Wow, what an idiotic statement, even for Biden. No “leaders” in the various sports are “victims” of anything: they are elite, fortunate athlete celebrities, and millionaires all. People who look to athletes for guidance in matters not relating to sports are gullible fools. Most of them couldn’t tell you how many amendments are in the Bill of Rights, or quote the dates of the Civil War. They are role models because they are paid heroes, but heroes are not “leaders.”
Biden, of course, lied repeatedly about the law he was calling on athletes to protest, and his calling the Georgia voting law “Jim Crow on steroids” was naked race-baiting. The President was getting hammered even by allies in the news media, because it was publicized that MLB moving the All-Star Game would cost the Atlanta area—heavily Democratic and black—$100 million in lost business revenue. Good job, Joe! That’s “acting responsibly,” you leader you!
So Joe, Biden-like, didn’t have the integrity to stick to his alleged principles. Yesterday, he refused to say that Masters Tournament should also boycott Georgia, saying, “I think that’s up to the Masters.“
Well of course it’s “up to the Masters,” but why is baseball boycotting Georgia something Joe supports, and whether the PGA doing the same is a coin flip?
“It’s reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws are just antithetical to who we are,” he huminahumina-ed, but…“There’s another side to it too When they in fact move out of Georgia, the people who need the help the most — people who are making hourly wages —sometimes get hurt the most. I think it’s a very tough decision for a corporation to make, or group to make.”
Wait—why did Biden say he supported baseball hurting “the people who need help the most?”
He then said he “supports whatever judgment they make.” Then White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, already nearing peak dishonesty in a job that swims in it, claimed that Biden never encouraged Major League Baseball to abandon Georgia. Facts don’t matter, words don’t matter.
Nobody’s fooled. Biden looks feckless, dishonest, silly, reckless and weak after all of this.
Then we have…
2. Stacy Abrams
What a weasel. Abrams set some kind of lip-gymnastics record for saying different words out of two sides of her mouth at the same time.
“I am disappointed that the MLB is relocating the All-Star game; however I commend the players, owners and League commissioner for speaking out. I urge others in positions of leadership to do so as well. As I have stated, I respect boycotts, although I don’t want to see Georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs. Georgians targeted by voter suppression will be hurt as opportunities go to other states. We should not abandon the victims of GOP malice and lies — we must stand together,” she said.
Wait, she’s disappointed by MLB’s actions—which means the decision was bad, but she commends them, which means it’s good. The players, owners and commissioner didn’t “speak out” except to announce the move that Abrams says disappointed her. Then she blathered on about how companies can “support democracy.”
“I ask you to bring your business to Georgia and, if you’re already here, stay and fight. Stay and vote,” she said. But if you disagree with a law, she will respect your business harming the state by boycotting it. Wait, do I have that right?
Companies support democracy when they allow elected officials to enact the will of the voters, and when those companies don’t try to bypass democracy by applying economic pressure to over-ride the government decisions.
If minority Atlanta businesses are upset about the All-Star game, they should blame Abrams, who played power games with their livelihood. And they will.
Finally, we have..
3. Major League Baseball and Commissioner Rob Manfred
I am reading reports that several of baseball’s billionaire owners, reading and hearing increasing criticism of the All-Star game move (to Colorado, which has many of the same voting security laws that Biden calls racist and which is 88% white, unlike Georgia) and fearing fan backlash (Really? Why would they suspect that?) are now saying that Commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision blindsided them. I have also read reports that MLB is seeking some kind of “solution.” Manfred, we are told, talked to Stacy Abrams before deciding to pull the game.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! (breath) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
She told you to disappoint her, did she, Rob?
Faye Vincent, MB’s last ethical and competent commissioner, wrote in The Wall Street Journal‘s opinion section,
“Manfred failed to spell out specific criticisms of Georgia’s voting law. Now he’s put himself in the awkward position of having to defend Colorado’s voting laws… The midsummer All-Star Game is an exhibition that benefits only the city where it’s played.The players will get paid no matter where the game takes place. MLB will get the same television revenue. During my time as commissioner, I learned that the American people view baseball as a public trust.They want the game to stand for the best and noblest of our national virtues. They see baseball as the repository of their dreams, even as they root for their favorite teams. They don’t want, and won’t accept, anything that separates them from the game’s history and leadership. Major League Baseball can’t become a weapon in the culture wars, a hostage for one political party or ideology. It can’t be only for the rich or the poor, nor can it only be for one race, as it was until 1947. Baseball must always stand above politics and its dark elements of corruption, greed and sordid selfishness. It can’t go wrong by standing for national greatness.’
Of course, Vincent is a lawyer, and read the law Manfred attacked without bothering to understand it.
This is a disaster for baseball, and owners have fired Commissioners for less—ask Faye Vincent. This should cost Manfred his job, and if it does,