While Larsa agrees that “there are many issues in this country that need to be addressed,” he says that protesting the flag and the national anthem is not “appropriate.”
“What I don’t agree with is that the flag and the national anthem are not appropriate places to try to air your objection,” La Rosa said before the White Sox’s game against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
“I think you’re going straight to why it’s really bothering you about the direction of the country.
“So for me it’s not the flag and the national anthem. I think it makes sense to find out which of these issues and to talk about which ones he didn’t like and what he would do about them.”
Kapler said Friday that he will skip the anthem “so I can feel better about our country.”
His comments were accompanied by a written statement on his website, sharing his thoughts after the murder of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas, by an 18-year-old gunman.
In the post, Kapler questioned whether the country’s leaders are committed to representing the best interests of their people and whether the United States truly is “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
La Russa said he respects Kapler both personally and professionally and agrees that there are “great concerns” in the United States.
“I will never stand with the national anthem or the flag,” La Rosa said. “Maybe just because I’m older and because I’ve been around veterans more than average.
“You have to understand what the veterans think when they hear the anthem or see the flag and the expenses they and their families have made.
“And if I understand that, I think it’s impossible not to salute the flag and hear the national anthem.”
CNN’s Kevin Dotson contributed reporting.
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