SF Giants’ Gabe Kapler is First MLB Manager to Take Knee During National Anthem: WATCH

SF Giants’ Gabe Kapler is First MLB Manager to Take Knee During National Anthem: WATCH

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler became the first manager in Major League Baseball to take a knee during the National Anthem, along with several of the team’s players.

Several Giants, including Gabe Kapler, knelt for the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/qMIkwOaFOn

— KNBR (@KNBR) July 21, 2020

Kapler said that he conveyed his plans to his players earlier in the day: “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. 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.”

San Francisco Giants Manager, Gabe Kapler becomes the first MLB manager to kneel during the National Anthem. Cites police brutality as one of the reasons he decided to kneel. @kron4news pic.twitter.com/KfTdfUgQQi

— Jason Dumas (@JDumasReports) July 21, 2020

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