Gabe Kapler, the manager of the San Francisco Giants, wrote an essay on Friday in which he criticised the state of the country following the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 students and two teachers, and said he regrets not kneeling during the national anthem before a game in protest.
My brain said drop to a knee; my body didn’t listen,” Kapler wrote in the essay. “I wanted to walk back inside; instead I froze. I felt like a coward. I didn’t want to call attention to myself. I didn’t want to take away from the victims or their families. There was a baseball game, a rock band, the lights, the pageantry. I knew that thousands of people were using this game to escape the horrors of the world for just a little bit. I knew that thousands more wouldn’t understand the gesture and would take it as an offense to the military, to veterans, to themselves.
The Giants faced the New York Mets at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Tuesday night, just hours after the massacre. Moments of silence were observed around the country, as they were in much of the sporting world, before to the commencement of games. Kapler says he pondered kneeling during the national anthem but decided against it.
“But I am not okay with the state of this country. I wish I hadn’t let my discomfort compromise my integrity. I wish that I could have demonstrated what I learned from my dad, that when you’re dissatisfied with your country, you let it be known through protest. The home of the brave should encourage this.”Later on Friday, Kapler told reporters in Cincinnati that he would not be coming out onto the field for the national anthem “until I feel better about the direction of our country.”several Giants players and staff, became the first members of a Major League Baseball team to kneel during the national anthem since Bruce Maxwell in September 2017. Kapler was believed to be the first head coach in any of the four major North American sports leagues to protest racial injustice in that manner.
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