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Gabe Kapler leads protest against Texas violence on Memorial Day

Gabe Kapler leads protest against Texas violence on Memorial Day

Gabe Kapler leads protest against Texas violence on Memorial Day
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On Memorial Day, Gabe Kapler, manager of the San Francisco Giants, led a protest against gun violence on the field for the pre-game playing of the national anthem.

Former Phillies skipper Kapler revealed over the weekend that he would not stand for the national anthem in the honor of the 19 children and two teachers killed in a tragedy at a Texas elementary school last week.

When the New York Giants play the Philadelphia Eagles on Memorial Day, he will make an exception.

“Today, I’ll be standing for the anthem,” Kapler wrote.

“While I believe strongly in the right to protest and the importance of doing so, I also believe strongly in honoring and mourning our country’s servicemen and women who fought and died for that right,” he added.

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“Those who serve in our military, and especially those who have paid the ultimate price for our rights and freedoms, deserve that acknowledgment and respect, and I am honored to stand on the line today to show mine.”

Kapler on Friday said that he would not leave the clubhouse “until I feel better about the direction of our country” while the anthem was being performed.

It was clear to Kapler that he was making a decision that would be controversial, with many people preferring athletics as a way to escape from “the horrors of the world.”

“But I am not OK with the state of this country,” he wrote. “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.”

Other baseball managers, including New York Mets manager Buck Showalter, Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, supported him in his stance, amid Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa’s disagreement.

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Kapler’s peaceful protest was “what our country is founded on,” Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated.

Just hours after the shooting at Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School, Kerr used his team’s pre-game press conference to make a strong call for gun regulation.

On Sunday night, Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka stayed focused on the issue even as the team celebrated their NBA Finals victory over the Miami Heat.

Udoka made remarks about the game and his team’s championship chances while answering questions about the game and the Uvalde tragedy.

“We talk about this game that we love and put all our passion into, and it’s not life or death,” Udoka said. “We win or we lose, we go home and kiss our kids, and you move on either way.

“But you sit back and think about 19 children and two adults that don’t get that. That’s life or death. That’s real,” he said.

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“That’s something that I don’t want to be forgotten. The awareness of that. It just happened a week ago, and it seems to be pushed in people’s memory already. Change is needed.”

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