OAKLAND, Calif. — San Francisco Giants supervisor Gabe Kapler and several other of his gamers knelt throughout the nationwide anthem earlier than Monday night time’s exhibition recreation towards 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 arms in entrance of him.
Kapler, starting his first season managing the Giants after two disappointing years guiding the Phillies, didn’t talk about 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 constructive change.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee throughout 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 dying 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 couldn’t breathe.
Former A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell in 2017 turned the primary main leaguer to kneel for the anthem since Kaepernick started his silent protest.
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