San Francisco Giants Manager Gabe Kapler:”I don’t plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country”

San Francisco Giants Manager Gabe Kapler: 'I don’t plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country”
San Francisco Giants Manager Gabe Kapler: 'I don’t plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country” (Image: @NBCSGiants)

The manager of the San Francisco Giants, Gabe Kapler, told media prior to Friday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds that he will no longer stand for the national anthem.

Kapler stated in the dugout at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio: “I don’t plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country”

19 children and two adults were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, by a lone, 18-year-old gunman. The 2021 National League Manager of the Year’s remarks were accompanied by a written statement on his website expressing his thoughts.

Kapler brought into question in a blog post whether the nation’s leadership is completely dedicated to displaying the best interests of its citizens and whether the United States is genuinely “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

“We weren’t given bravery, and we aren’t free. The police on the scene put a mother in handcuffs as she begged them to go in and save her children. They blocked parents trying to organize to charge in to stop the shooter, including a father who learned his daughter was murdered while he argued with the cops.

We aren’t free when politicians decide that the lobbyist and gun industries are more important than our children’s freedom to go to school without needing bulletproof backpacks and active shooter drills,” Kapler wrote.

Later, Kapler expressed his disappointment with what he termed “the lack of delivery of the promise of what our national anthem represents.”

“I am not okay with the state of this country. I wish I hadn’t let my discomfort compromise my integrity. I wish that I could have demonstrated what I learned from my dad, that when you’re dissatisfied with your country, you let it be known through protest. The home of the brave should encourage this.”

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