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Friday, June 24, 2022

Managers support Kapler’s protest at national anthem

SAN DIEGO ( Associated Press) — Several colleagues of manager Gabe Kapler expressed their support after his decision to walk off the field during the national anthem in protest of this week’s shooting at an elementary school in southwest Texas.

The San Francisco Giants manager said Friday that he has no intention of being on the field to hear the anthem until he feels “better with running the country.”

“I don’t expect this to necessarily change anything. It is just something that I strongly feel to make this decision,” she explained.

A day after Kapler’s comment, no Giants uniformed person was on the field for the anthem during a 3-2 loss to the Reds.

On Tuesday, 19 children and two teachers were killed at a primary school in Uvalde, Texas. The multiple murder occurred 10 days after a gunman killed 10 black people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York after exposing his racism.

Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward called Kapler’s action “courageous.”

“I think we’re all frustrated, especially in this country,” Woodward admitted. “No one is happy. It’s not about which side you’re on. It’s that we have to be better as a society… I’m not really going to comment on whether I would have done the same as him”.

The Puerto Rican manager of the Boston Red Sox Alex Cora stressed that Kapler, his former teammate, has spoken openly about various issues.

“That’s why I’m proud of him. He is a good friend and the type of person that I respect from afar for what he does. If that’s what he does, good for him. I understand his motives,” Cora said.

Another Puerto Rican, Dave Martinez, said he is rarely on the field with the Washington Nationals during the anthem because of meetings and prep work.

New York Mets manager Buck Showalter said he respects “how Gabe feels and the way he expresses it.” Asked about Kapler, Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi said: “It’s Gabe’s call. It’s all, he left it like that.”

Chicago White Sox manager Tony LaRussa said that while he agrees with Kapler that something needs to be done, he doesn’t think playing the national anthem is the right time to protest.

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo called Kapler a “humanist” and said he “is very supportive of what Gabe does.”

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Kapler “is very passionate about what he believes and how he protests … I think no one is happy with the direction of the country and I respect that they use any platform to address it.”

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