In light of the recent Uvalde, Texas mass school shooting that left 19 students dead, San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler told reporters of Friday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds that he will no longer stand with his team for the national anthem until he “feels better about the direction of our country”
“I don’t plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country,” he told reporters. “That’ll be the step. I don’t expect it to move the needle necessarily. It’s just something I feel strongly enough about to take that step.”
Not only will Kapler refuse to lead his team in standing for the national anthem moving forward, but he also posted to his personal blog that he felt remorse for standing for the anthem during Wednesday’s game against the New York Mets considering the events of the previous day.
WATCH Gabe Kapler explains why he won’t be coming out for the anthem:
“I wish I hadn’t let my discomfort compromise my integrity,” Kapler said. “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.”
Although the San Francisco Giants manager believes he’s acting nobly for the cause, and that his actions are justifiable, his critics and fans do not believe that under any circumstance is it acceptable to kneel for the flag or turn your back to the National Anthem.
Users of social media were quick to voice their disgust at Kapler’s decision to abandon his teammates and turn his back on the American flag. “Not coming out for the anthem, just a [disgusting] move for people who died for this country. This country is paying you a pretty good salary respect it.”, said one Twitter user.
not coming out for the anthem,just a disgustion move for people who died for this country.this country is paying you a pretty good salary respect it.— Joe bertolucci (@giants4949) May 27, 2022
Twitter account “The Shwaa” replied to Kapler’s video in disbelief that the San Francisco Giants manager would do this during memorial day weekend:
Why not something on his jersey or his hat or something else besides our national anthem? On memorial weekend for goodness sake!!! I guess he’s never lost a friend or family member in the military.— The Shwaa (@ShwaaThe) May 27, 2022
Kapler also published contradicting statements on his blog when in one paragraph he attacked law enforcement suggesting the shooting was their fault; “Parents begged and pleaded with police officers to do something, police officers who had weapons and who receive nearly 40% of the city’s funding, as their children were being murdered.” but in the very next paragraph he voiced his frustration over the fact that some politicians and lawmakers were quick to highlight that “we needed locked doors and armed teachers.” suggesting stricter gun laws are the answer.
Kapler then continued to attempt to justify his decision for refusing to stand with his team during the national anthem moving forward, “I’m often struck before our games by the lack of delivery of the promise of what our national anthem represents,” he wrote. “We stand in honor of a country where we elect representatives to serve us, to thoughtfully consider and enact legislation that protects the interests of all the people in this country and to move this country forward towards the vision of the ‘shining city on the hill.’
America is clearly hurting, but to turn your back on your country, especially when you hold a position of management and leadership, is a slap in the face to those who fought to keep us free. Ironically he penned the article “home of the brave”, yet Kapler completely disregards the very BRAVE men and women who fought to their death so that we could remain free.