Many corporations have publicly boycotted the state of Georgia after their new voting laws passed. Coca-Cola, J.P. Morgan and Delta are some of the businesses that decided to move out of the state with most recently the MLB moving it’s All-Star game to Denver.
During a press conference Wednesday, questions rose if the Masters would follow suite. Augusta National and Masters Chairman, Fred Ridley says they will not abandon their community that has served them for so long.
“We realize that views and opinions on this law differ, and there have been calls for boycotts and other punitive measures. Unfortunately, those actions often impose the greatest burdens on the most vulnerable in our society. And in this case, that includes our friends and neighbors here in Augusta who are the very focus of the positive difference we are trying to make.”
Ridley kept his personal opinion about the voting laws to himself. He notes that the Masters taking a stance wouldn’t help the debate.
“I’m not going to speak to the specifics of the law, but I do know that … I think there’s a resolution, and I think that resolution is going to be based on people working together and talking and having constructive dialogue because that’s the way our democratic society works. And while I know you would like for us to make a proclamation on this, I just don’t think that is going to be helpful to ultimately reaching a resolution.”
Ridley did state a couple of different times that the club believes in voting rights and any disadvantages to citizens should be addressed.
Craig Collins, filling in for Tony Katz: