Communist China has slave labor camps but for some reason Georgia's voting laws are the problem MLB chooses to focus on.
Tim Pearce reports:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) slammed Major League Baseball on Saturday for dealing with the Chinese Communist Party, accused of numerous human rights violations, while boycotting Georgia.
Paul took a jab at the league on Twitter a day after commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the MLB was moving its July all-star game and 2021 draft out of Atlanta in protest of election reforms signed into law last month.
“Your sports league might be a little too woke if it will freely do business with Communists in China and Cuba, but boycotts a US state that wants people to show an ID to vote,” Paul wrote.
On Friday, Manfred said that the MLB was relocating the all-star game and draft because it was “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport.”
“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,” Manfred said in a statement. “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.”
Two days prior to the announcement, the league extended a television deal with state-owned Chinese tech giant Tencent on Wednesday. The new deal grants Tencent the rights to stream MLB games to a number of Asian countries until 2023, according to Fox News.
Uighur rights activists rally in solidarity with the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and in protest at China's treatment of its Tibetan and Uighur peoples at a demonstration for all three causes outside the Chinese Embassy in London, England, on January 19, 2020. In its newly-released 'World Report 2020', New York-based research and advocacy NGO Human Rights Watch last week singled-out 'deepening repression' by Chinese authorities during 2019, including of religious freedoms in Tibet and in the Uighur homeland of Xinjiang, as the defining feature of what was the 70th anniversary year of the Chinese Communist Party. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)