San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler and some of his players knelt during the national anthem before their victory against the Oakland Athletics.
Kapler addressed the team on Monday. He told them that the Giants would support everyone, no matter what they decide on doing.
“I wanted them to know that I wasn’t pleased with the way our country has handled police brutality and I told them I wanted to amplify their voices and I wanted to amplify the voice of the Black community and marginalized communities as well,” Kapler said.
“So I told them that 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 and 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,” he added.
Players Take a Stand
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler and several players kneel during the national anthem before an exhibition game https://t.co/3S6ShGe0jR
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African American right fielder Jaylin Davis and first base coach Antoan Richardson took a knee. Meanwhile, shortstop Brandon Crawford stood between them, placing a hand on each of their shoulders.
There has been discussion on each person’s choice. According to Kapler, some of the Giants reached out to other organizations. He also said the Giants will continue to have important discussions together.
“We’ve had a lot of conversations about the anthem over the course of the last 72 hours and when I say we, I mean our coaching staff and our players,” Kapler said. “We connected with small groups of players, we connected with players individually and had meaningful conversations about this topic.”