San Francisco Giants coach Gabe Kapler said he won’t be out for the national anthem before games “until I feel better about our country.”
Kapler, 46, says he’s acting up after the Robb Elementary School shooting.
19 children and two teachers were killed Tuesday in Ovaldi, Texas.
Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick got on his knees during the national anthem before the San Francisco 49ers games in 2016 in protest of racial justice.
“I don’t expect it to necessarily move the needle, but I feel strong enough to take that step,” Kapler told reporters in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday.
Accustomed to wrote an article via his website, declaring his displeasure at standing for the national anthem after observing a minute’s silence for the victims before Tuesday’s game.
The 2021 National League Manager of the Year said: “We didn’t stop to think about whether we were really free and brave after this horrific event, we just stood there in interest.
“My father taught me to defend an oath of allegiance when I thought my country represented its people well, or to pretend and sit down when it didn’t. I don’t think it represents us well at the moment.”
He went on to criticize the arms industry, lobbyists and politicians, saying he wanted to get on his knees.
“I knew that thousands of people had used this game to escape the horrors of the world for only a short time. I knew that thousands more would not understand this gesture and would consider it an insult to the military, the veterans and the veterans themselves.”
“I don’t agree with the situation in this country,” Kapler added.
“I wish I could prove what I learned from my father, that if you are dissatisfied with your country, you can protest against it. This home of the brave should encourage.”
Earlier this week, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr refused to talk about basketball during a press conference, and did so instead. He gave an emotional speech Condemning gun violence in the United States.