Giants manager Gabe Kapler won’t come out for anthem until country’s direction changes – NBC Chicago

Kapler won’t come out for the anthem until the country’s direction changes originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

In light of Tuesday’s elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 children and two teachers, Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he would not step onto the playground and would not defend the national anthem.

“I don’t plan on coming out for the anthem until I feel better about leading our country,” Kapler told reporters Friday in Cincinnati before the Giants began a three-game series with the Reds at the Great American Ballpark.

“That will be the stage. I don’t expect it to necessarily move the needle, but it’s just something I feel strongly enough to take this step.

A few hours before explaining his position to journalists, Kapler wrote a blog on his personal website On Friday morning, that further explained his thinking.

“Players, staff and fans stood for the moment in silence, mourning the lives lost, and then we (including myself) continued to stand, proudly proclaiming ourselves the land of the free and the home of the brave” , Kapler wrote, in reference to showing up for the national anthem before games on Tuesday and Wednesday. “We didn’t stop to wonder if we were truly free and brave after this horrific event, we just stood at attention.”

Kapler went on to write that he considered taking a stand on Tuesday or Wednesday by taking a knee or going inside during the anthem, but was unable to do so.

“My brain said drop to one knee; my body didn’t listen. I wanted to walk inside; instead I froze. I felt like a coward. I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. I did not want to take anything away from the victims or their families,” Kapler wrote.

Kapler told reporters on Friday that he needed time to think about how he wanted to act and that he was not in the right frame of mind to do so earlier in the week.

“Sometimes for me, it takes me a few days to put everything together,” Kapler said. “I knew I wasn’t in my best mental space and I knew it had to do with some of the hypocrisy of standing up for the national anthem and how that coincided with the moment of silence, and how those two things didn’t sync well for me.

“But I couldn’t quite understand that in real time. And it took me a few days to collect all my thoughts and be able to articulate them clearly.”

Lance B. Holton