SF Giants manager Gabe Kapler protests national anthem after Uvalde shooting

San Francisco Giants Coach Gabe Kapler said on Friday that he would not take the field for the national anthem “until I feel better in 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 written in a blog post on his website that he was ashamed of not kneeling during the national anthem at a game on Wednesday.

  • “My brain told me to get down on one knee, my body didn’t listen.”
  • “Every time I place my hand over my heart and take my hat off, I participate in self-congratulatory glorification of the ONLY country where these mass shootings are taking place,” he added.
  • Kapler did not say when he would start protesting the national anthem or how long the protest might last.
  • The Giants are scheduled to face the Reds in Cincinnati on Friday night. The game, however, was delayed due to rain, the Reds tweeted.

The big picture: Kapler’s decision to protest the anthem comes as other professional sports teams again speak out against gun violence.

  • The New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Stingrays said on Thursday they would use social media to talk about gun violence instead of game coverage.
  • The NBA’s Miami Heat also told fans at a game on Wednesday to contact their state senators and “leave a message demanding their support for common sense gun laws.”