The Manager of San Francisco Giants Gabe Kapler and the multiple players kneel during the national anthem in an exhibition match against Oakland Athletics. San Francisco Giants has published the video of their team member kneeling in the official Twitter account with caption “#BlackLivesMatter.”
The Manager of San Francisco Giants has been a strong advocate of Black Lives Matter Movement. The kneeling of the manager and players comes at a time when athletes and companies are coming to terms with systemic racism and the killings of black people by the U.S police.
Different athletes from the professional leagues to high school teams have been kneeling to protest the racial inequality and social injustice. The most prominent player that took a kneel during the match was Colin Kapernick, who first kneed during the national anthem in 2016.
Gabe Kapler said, “I told them that I wanted to amplify their voices, and I wanted to amplify the voice of the Black community and marginalized communities as well.”
“I told them that I wanted to use my platform to demonstrate my dissatisfaction with the way we’ve handled racism in our country. I wanted to demonstrate my dissatisfaction with our clear, systemic racism in our country, and I wanted them to know that they got to make their own decisions and we would respect and support those decisions,” he added.
Zaidi said, “We support those who knelt to peacefully protest racial injustice and those who stood to express love of country. We do not see these as mutually exclusive sentiments and believe freedom to express both is what our country is about.”
MLB said, “It has never been about the military or the flag. The players and coaches are using their platforms to peacefully protest.”