"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