White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki appeared to evade President Biden’s previous remarks about Major League Baseball’s withdrawal from Georgia on Monday.
Last week, before Major League Baseball said it would withdraw under state voting laws, Biden said he would “strongly support” baseball players who promote the development of the game.
Biden told ESPN last week: “I think today’s professional athletes behave responsibly. I will strongly support them in doing so.” “People look to them. They are leaders. It is these sports that suffer the most. leader.”
Biden said that he “strongly supports”
ESPN’s Sage Steele quoted Tony Clark, executive director of the MLB Players Association, as saying that he hopes to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta for legal reasons. “So, Mr. President, what do you think of the possibility that baseball may decide to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta due to this political issue?”
At a press conference on Monday, Psaki reiterated Biden’s words, but framed it as his ability to support the league in making its own decisions. She said: “Well, he supports their ability to make decisions and respond to player requests, because many of them are of course affected by these laws.”
She later told Peter Doocy of Fox News that the background of the ESPN issue was “a coalition meeting around a meeting to discuss this exact issue.”
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Doocy then asked whether Biden would support moving the Masters out of Georgia if the players of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) worked together.
Psaki replied: “I’m sure you will ask me this question, or he will ask this question, but our focus is to do our best to advocate making nationwide voting easier and easier. This is the direction we are working on. From the White House.”