May 27, 2022 - Sports

MLB manager to protest during national anthem after Uvalde shooting

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler
Manager Gabe Kapler of the San Francisco Giants looks on at a game against the San Diego Padres. Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Friday he won't take the field for the national anthem "until I feel better about the direction of our country."

Driving the news: Kapler's decision comes days after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

What he said: Earlier Friday, Kapler wrote in a blog post on his website that he felt shame for not kneeling during the national anthem during a game Wednesday.

  • "My brain said drop to a knee; my body didn’t listen."
  • "Every time I place my hand over my heart and remove my hat, I’m participating in a self-congratulatory glorification of the ONLY country where these mass shootings take place," he added.
  • Kapler did not say when he would begin protesting the national anthem or how long the protest could last.
  • The Giants are set to face off against the Reds in Cincinnati on Friday night. The game, however, has been delayed due to rain, the Reds tweeted.

The big picture: Kapler's decision to protest the anthem comes as other professional sports teams are speaking out again gun violence.

  • The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays said Thursday they will use social media channels to speak about gun violence instead of game coverage.
  • NBA's Miami Heat also announced to fans at a game Wednesday to contact their state's senators and "leave a message demanding their support for common-sense gun laws."
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