Sen. Rubio challenges MLB commissioner to resign from Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club

by Peter Heck · Apr 6th, 2021 8:27 am
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Last Updated Apr 7th, 2021 at 11:40 am

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) fired off a provocative letter to Robert Manfred Jr., the commissioner of Major League Baseball that called him out publicly for blatant hypocrisy in his decision to strip Georgia of hosting the league's All-Star Game and upcoming draft.

In the letter, Rubio asked Manfred if he was planning to resign his membership in Georgia's exclusive Augusta National Golf Club given his apparent concerns over the state's voter laws.

"I write to ask you whether you intend to maintain your membership at Augusta National Golf Club," Rubio wrote. "As you are well aware, the exclusive members-only club is located in the State of Georgia."

Rubio said that Manfred's decision to relocate the All-Star Game for the stated purpose of "demonstrat(ing) our values as a sport" was phony, and declared it "reeks of hypocrisy."

"I am under no illusion you intend to resign as a member from Augusta National Golf Club," Rubio concluded. "To do so would require a personal sacrifice, as opposed to the woke corporate virtue signaling of moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta."

The Florida senator also challenged Manfred to cease his league's relationship with China given its flagrant human rights abuses, before adding that he did not expect the commissioner to do that either since, unlike virtue signaling, it would result in significant financial fallout.


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