In the wake of the recent mass shooting in the United States, San Francisco Giants manager Shady Kapler declared that he will not return on the field during the national anthem.
On Tuesday, an 18-year-old boy opened fire at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The incident resulted in the death of at least 19 children and two adults, which causes some of the children to be fatal.
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Gabe Kapler is expressing his displeasure for the latest gun violence that claimed the lives of 19 innocent children.
The Giants manager is protesting this by not coming out before the national anthem.
He said that he will break the age-long baseball tradition. He will no longer join the players and other coaches on the field for pregame national anthems.
Kapler spoke publicly about his decision shortly before the San Francisco Giants took on the Reds at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Friday.
I''ll make my way out of the anthem later this year, as if I feel better about our country.
While he does not anticipate his protest to necessarily push the needle, he feels strongly enough about going through it.
I dont intend to attend the anthem until I feel better about Gabe Kapler''s direction.twitter.com/J1MdlVL3XI
Gabe Kapler posted an emotional video on his blog explaining his view of increasing gun violence in the United States. He condemned the Texas school shooting as he wrote the fiery video on Friday.
Players, staff, and supporters stood for the moment of silence, grieving the lives lost, and then we (myself included) continued to stand, proudly proclaiming ourselves the land of the liberties and the home of the brave.
He stated that he regretted standing for the National anthem against the Mets game on Tuesday, just hours after the Uvalde school massacre.
He said that the day 19 children and two teachers were murdered, we held a moment of silence at sporting events around the country, then we played the national hymn, and we continued with our lives.
The Giants manager expressed his delight, and we didnt stop to contemplate whether or not we are actually free and brave after this tragic event, we just stood at attention.
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