San Francisco Giants supervisor Gabe Kapler stated Friday he’ll refuse to take the sector for the nationwide anthem in a protest over the nation’s political path following this week’s school shooting in Texas.

“I don’t plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country,” Kapler stated earlier than a sequence opener at Cincinnati. “I don’t expect it to move the needle necessarily. It’s just something that I feel strongly enough about to take that step.”

Kapler stated he wants extra time to think about particular actions he may recommend being taken to stop extra tragedies of this kind, corresponding to stronger gun management legal guidelines.

Kapler stated that on the day of the taking pictures at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, “I knew that I was not in my best place mentally and I knew that it was in connection with some of the hypocrisies for the national anthem and how it coincided with the moment of silence and how two things didn’t synch up well for me, but I couldn’t make sense of it in real time and it took me a couple of days to pull all my thoughts together.”

Only seven Giants have been on the sector — two coaches at the entrance of the dugout, 4 gamers alongside the left-field line, and an athletic coach standing alongside them — when “The Star-Spangled Banner” was performed earlier than Kapler and Reds supervisor David Bell exchanged lineup playing cards. The sport began after a 2-hour, 8-minute rain delay.

Earlier in the day, Kapler used his private weblog to talk about the deaths of the 19 youngsters and two lecturers killed in Uvalde.

In a put-up titled “Home of the Brave, ” Kapler wrote: “We elect our politicians to represent our interests. Immediately following this shooting, we were told we needed locked doors and armed teachers. We were given thoughts and prayers. We were told it could have been worse, and we just need love.

“But we weren’t given bravery, and we aren’t free. … We aren’t free when politicians decide that the lobbyist and gun industries are more important than our children’s freedom to go to school without needing bulletproof backpacks and active shooter drills.”

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Kapler went on the write: “Every time I place my hand over my heart and remove my hat, I’m participating in a self-congratulatory glorification of the only country where these mass shootings take place. On Wednesday, I walked out onto the field, I listened to the announcement as we honored the victims in Uvalde. I bowed my head. I stood for the national anthem. Metallica riffed on City Connect guitars. My brain said dropping to a knee; my body didn’t listen. I wanted to walk back inside; instead, I froze. I felt like a coward. I didn’t want to call attention to myself. I didn’t want to take away from the victims or their families. …

“But I am not OK with the state of this country. I wish I hadn’t let my discomfort compromise my integrity. 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.”

Kapler has protested in the course of the anthem in the previous. In July 2020, earlier than the beginning of the virus-shortened 60-game season, Kapler joined outfielder Jaylin Davis in taking a knee forward of an exhibition sport in opposition to the Oakland Athletics. Davis was making a press release about racial and social points going through the nation.

Fellow outfielders Mike Yastrzemski and Austin Slater were additionally selected to kneel. So did first base coach Antoan Richardson, whereas shortstop Brandon Crawford stood between Davis and Richardson with a hand on every man’s shoulder.

Kapler’s newest feedback got here a day after the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays used their social media accounts in the course of the sport between the groups to unfold details about how gun violence impacts American life.