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Atlanta official’s Braves comments spark ire with Cobb County leaders

Special to SEGAZINE

Remarks made by a high-ranking member of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration calling the Atlanta Braves the “Cobb Crackers” and the “Smyrna (expletive)” are not sitting well with county leaders.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday revealed emails exchanged by Reed’s administration upon learning that the Braves were leaving Turner Field for Cobb County.

Atlanta Deputy COO Hans Utz wrote in a Nov. 11 email that the team would still be called the Atlanta Braves.

“They are not going to call themselves the Cobb Crackers, or the Smyrna (expletive),” Utz wrote.

Utz went so far as to compose a poem to express his thoughts.

“The Braves might leave us/Becoming the Cobb Crackers/I feel bad for them,” he said in an email.

After giving a list of talking points about what the city of Atlanta should say about the Braves announcement, Utz wrote: “That is all. Though I do like the ring of Smyrna (expletive).”

The AJC reported Utz was suspended without pay this week.

via The Marietta Daily Journal

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