After Tampa Bay Rays Declared Support for Everytown, Florida Gov. DeSantis Will Reportedly Veto a Bill Paying for the Team’s Practice Facility


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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Apparently the message sent by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis earlier this year wasn’t clear enough. After Disney waded into state politics earlier this year, opposing the Parental Rights in Education Bill that was under consideration. The legislation eventually passed overwhelmingly and was signed into law by DeSantis.

In return for Disney’s move into politics, the legislature and DeSantis took away the Mouse House’s special tax status that allowed it to exercise corporate governance over Disney World and much of the area around it. Disney had enjoyed that unique situation for 55 years before it was removed.

The message sent was pretty clear. Or should have been. Companies that wade into Florida partisan politics do so at their own peril if and when they come to the state for special favors.

That message, however, was apparently lost on Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays. Following the Uvalde Shooting, the team issued this statement . . .

The Rays not only expressed their horror at what happened in Buffalo and Uvalde — a perfectly reasonable reaction — but also announced significant financial support for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, an operation the team called “the largest gun violence prevention organization in America.”

We’d call Everytown a billionaire-backed slush fund that works to limit the Second Amendment rights of all Americans and promote civilian disarmament at every opportunity. But that’s just us.

Oh wait. No it isn’t. Governor DeSantis seems to share our view of Everytown and their anti-Second Amendment advocacy and activities. Outkick’s Bobby Burack reports that the Governor isn’t any happier about the Rays’ foray into politics than he was when Disney did it. As a result . . .

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis plans to veto a $35 million legislation for a Pasco County facility that’s earmarked for the Tampa Bay Rays’ spring training, OutKick has learned.

DeSantis’s decision is in response to the Rays politicizing recent shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde ahead of a matchup with the Yankees in May.

As Burack comments . . .

DeSantis is giving a voice to the people who do not want their sports and children’s companies on the front lines of the cultural divide.

The Governor is also putting a shot across the bow of yet another prominent Florida business that thought politicizing its brand was a good way to go.

Tampa Bay Rays principle owner Stuart Sternberg watches his pitchers throw during spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Rays fans who value their gun rights should take note. We’d guess the message has finally gotten through to the team’s owner and management, who are probably busy right now working out how to privately finance the spring training facility they thought would be paid for with tax dollars.

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