ORIGINAL: Mark Anderson
Several Giants, including manager Gabe Kapler, first-base coach Antoan Richardson, hitting coach Justin Viele and outfielders Jaylin Davis, Mike Yastrzemski and Austin Slater, took a knee during the national anthem before Monday’s exhibition game in Oakland. Shortstop Brandon Crawford stood between Davis and Richardson and put his hand on their shoulders in a show of support.
Kapler, who has voiced support for the Black Lives Matter movement on social media in the months following George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, said he spoke to the team beforehand and shared his plans to kneel.
Kapler, whose parents were active participants in the civil rights movement, stressed that he supported each player’s decision on whether to kneel or stand during the anthem, but he wanted to use his platform to show solidarity with the fight against social injustice and systemic racism in America.
"I did that because I wanted them to know I wasn't pleased with the way our country has handled police brutality,” Kapler said. “I told them I wanted to amplify their voices, and I wanted to amplify the voices of the Black community and marginalized communities as well.
“I told them I wanted to use my platform to demonstrate my dissatisfaction with the way we've handled racism in our country. I wanted to demonstrate my dissatisfaction with our clear systemic racism in our country. I wanted them to know that they got to make their own decisions, and we would respect and support those decisions.
"I wanted them to feel safe in speaking up, and so we had these kind of discussions for the last several days. We will continue to have them and make them part of the fabric of our clubhouse."
No such thing as systemic racism in our country. Our government does not support racism so it can't be systemic.
As for protesting I'm all for it. Do it on your own time not your employers.
With no fans in the stands, I say skip the National Anthem.
Plenty of ways(for players) to voice their opinions on social issues without pissing off a certain percentage of fans.
I've never really understood why it is mandatory to play The Star Spangled Banner before sporting events in the first place. I have no doubt that the people, who are deeply offended by players taking a knee during the anthem, include those who leave their hats on, keep drinking their beer or looking at their phones while it is playing.
Don't have it.
Lots of angst resovled.
Though you can't keep everyone happy. Some will be unhappy because they can't kneel/protest.
Maybe they can during their game/event.
Randall Cunningham can have in-game lessons incase anyone needs one for taking a knee during the game.
< Message edited by Mr. Ed -- 7/21/2020 12:12:19 PM >
Escape while you can!