Open Letter to MLS Regarding Georgia HB 757

28 Mar 2016 11:19 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

"To be sure I must; and therefore I may assume that your silence gives consent." - Plato

We, the 107ist Board of Directors on behalf of the Timbers Army, want to publicly state that Georgia HB 757 is a huge step back in terms of equality and acceptance for people from all walks of life. And, while we are elated to hear that Gov. Nathan Deal says he will veto the bill, we are at the same time dispirited in the lack of official response from MLS and Don Garber.

As MLS is ready to welcome Atlanta United FC as one of its newest franchises, we would expect this matter to be of utmost importance to the league and its leadership. We would be remiss if we did not recognize and applaud the leadership shown by Arthur Blank, owner of Atlanta United FC and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, in denouncing the proposed legislation.

The Timbers Army from its inception has endeavored to create an inclusive atmosphere; a place where anyone who joins us feels welcome and safe. We are proud to be associated with a club who shares our vision in this regard, and has spoken out publicly on matters of equality.

However, we are deeply disappointed that MLS has chosen to sit back and remain silent with regard to HB 757.

To that end, we call on Don Garber and MLS to join others, including the National Football League, in  speaking out in opposition to this abhorrent legislation, and to be proactive in the future when the rights of others are threatened.


The 107ist Board of Directors on behalf of the Timbers Army


  • 28 Sep 2016 1:38 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    JR Francis says:
    Monday, March 28, 2016 at 1:25 pm 
    The people of Atlanta, the fans of ATL UTD, and the rest of the thinking, feeling, caring, intelligent people agree. We Atlantans were embarrassed for this to make the news, and sad that none of our franchises spoke out against it.
    We support our teams and all fans of soccer who love the game, the party atmosphere and show respect to one another. We are glad there will be no state law against being welcoming to all people.
    Thank you, Timbers.

    Wade Jones says:
    Monday, March 28, 2016 at 6:16 pm 
    Our franchises *did* speak out against it. Blank was quite clear that he opposed it and was pushing for it’s failure.

    Lexi Stern says:
    Monday, March 28, 2016 at 8:10 pm 
    Exactly! We applaud that.

    Dong Garber says:
    Monday, March 28, 2016 at 1:26 pm 
    Dong Garber only deals in $$$

    Allen says:
    Monday, March 28, 2016 at 6:31 pm 
    Who made a soccer team the arbiter of religion. All HB 757 dose it keep things inline of the establishment cause. The Timers are not of Christ but of the world and have no business in this mater.

    Bob Lawblaw says:
    Monday, March 28, 2016 at 8:36 pm 
    Who made the state of Georgia the arbiter of religion? The state of Georgia is not of Christ but of the world and has no business in this matter.

    Siri says:
    Friday, April 1, 2016 at 4:05 am 
    Thanks, Bob, for both the comment and the copy editing!

    Michele says:
    Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 6:54 pm 
    *standing ovation*!
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