Cincinnati — San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kappler said Friday that he will refuse to participate in the national anthem contest in protest of the direction of national politics in the wake of this week’s school shootings in Texas.
“I’m not going to debut for the national anthem until I feel better about the direction of our country,” Kapler said before the series opener in Cincinnati. “I don’t expect it to necessarily move the needle. It’s just something I strongly want to take this step.”
Kappler said he needed more time to consider specific actions he might recommend to prevent more such tragedies, such as stricter gun control laws.
On the day of the shooting at Rob Elementary School in Uwald, Texas, Kappler said, “I know I’m not in the best mental state, and I know it has something to do with some of the hypocrisy of the national anthem and how it coincides with a moment of silence. , the two things didn’t sync well for me, but I couldn’t understand it in real time, and it took me days to get all my thoughts together.”
With just seven Giants on the field – two coaches in front of the dugout, four players on the left-field line and an athletics coach standing next to them – the “Stars and Stripes” was played before Kappler and Reds manager David Bell exchanged “Time lineup card. The game started after a rain delay of 2 hours and 8 minutes.
Earlier in the day, Kappler discussed the deaths of 19 children and two teachers killed in Uwald on his personal blog.
In a post titled “House of the Brave,” Kappler wrote: “We elect politicians to represent our interests. Immediately after the shooting, we were told we needed locked doors and armed teachers. We Got thoughts and prayers. We were told it could be worse and we just need love.
“But we don’t have the courage, and we don’t have the freedom. … When politicians think lobbyists and the gun industry are more important than the freedom our kids have to go to school without needing bulletproof backpacks and active shooting training, we Not free.”
Kappler continued: “Every time I put my hand on my heart and take off my hat, I’m congratulating myself for the only country where these mass shootings have occurred. I listen to the announcement as the victims salute. I bow my head. I stand for the national anthem. Metallica riffs on the City Connect guitar. My brain says kneel; my body doesn’t listen. I want to go back inside; instead, I froze. I felt like a coward. I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. I didn’t want to take the victims or their families. …
“But I’m not happy with the way this country is. I hope I haven’t let my discomfort compromise my integrity. I hope I can demonstrate what I learned from my father, when you’re not happy with your country, you It can be made known to people through protests.”
Kappler has protested during the national anthem in the past. In July 2020, before the virus-shortened 60-game season began, Kapler took a knee with outfielder Jaylin Davis before an exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics. Davis is making a statement on the racial and social issues facing the country.
Outfielders Mike Yastrzemski and Austin Slater also chose to kneel. So did first base coach Antoine Richardson, while shortstop Brandon Crawford stood between Davis and Richardson, one hand on each’s shoulder.
Kappler’s latest comments come a day after the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays used their social media accounts to spread the word about how gun violence affects American lives during a game between the teams.
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