San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler hit back at President Donald Trump for his comments on not watching sports games if players kneel during the national anthem in protest.
USA Today reports that Kapler fired back at Trump on Tuesday, a day after he joined several players who knelt during the anthem on Monday. He defended demonstrations calling for racial justice and police reform and said he doesn’t view them “as disrespect at all.”
“I see nothing more American than standing up for what you believe in. I see nothing more patriotic than peaceful protests when things are frustrating and upsetting,” Kapler said.
Trump has ripped athletes who kneel during the "The Star-Spangled Banner.”
On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he is “looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!”
Kapler responded that "there’s nobody that should make us stop doing the right thing.”
“It doesn’t matter what leader says that they’re not going to be following a game. What matters the most is that we’re unwavering in trying to do what’s right … What guides our decision is standing up for people who need us to stand up for them,” he continued.
Kapler said he decided to kneel with some of the Giants players to show them “that I wasn't pleased with the way our country has handled police brutality, and I told them I wanted to amplify their voices and I wanted to amplify the voice of the Black community and marginalized communities, as well.”
The act of taking a knee during the national anthem as a way to protest against racial injustice became popular after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started doing it during the 2016 season.
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