Giants supervisor Gabe Kapler, gamers kneel throughout anthem

OAKLAND, Calif. — San Francisco Giants supervisor Gabe Kapler and several other of his gamers knelt in the course of the nationwide anthem earlier than Monday night time’s exhibition recreation in opposition to the Oakland Athletics.

Proper fielder Jaylin Davis and first base coach Antoan Richardson, each African American, additionally took a knee, with shortstop Brandon Crawford standing between them with a hand on every of their shoulders. Davis held his proper hand over his coronary heart, whereas Richardson clasped his palms in entrance of him.

Kapler, starting his first season managing the Giants after two disappointing years guiding the Phillies, did not focus on his plans to kneel in a pregame session with media members.

Kapler has been outspoken about social injustice and racial points and athletes’ roles in serving to spur optimistic change.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee in the course of the nationwide anthem in 2016 to protest racial inequality and police mistreatment of minorities. He was roundly criticized for years, however public sentiment has modified since George Floyd’s loss of life in Might.

Floyd, a black man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck whereas Floyd was handcuffed and saying that he could not breathe.

Former A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell in 2017 grew to become the primary main leaguer to kneel for the anthem since Kaepernick started his silent protest.

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