San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod was the one participant to face throughout a second honoring the Black Lives Matter motion forward of the season opener in opposition to the Los Angeles Dodgers, telling reporters after the sport that as a Christian he “can’t kneel before anything besides God.”
MLB supplied groups with an extended black ribbon that gamers on each side collectively held as they kneeled in unity.
I’m a Christian,” he mentioned, in keeping with TMZ Sports. “So I just believe that I can’t kneel before anything besides God.”
Other than his spiritual beliefs, the 27-year-old aid pitcher mentioned there are features of the motion that he disagrees with.
“I simply can’t get on board with a pair issues I’ve examine Black Lives Matter, how they lean in direction of Marxism,” he continued. “And … they said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can’t get on board with that.”
Group supervisor Gabe Kapler, who kneeled in the course of the ribbon ceremony in addition to in the course of the nationwide anthem, mentioned he respects Coonrod’s determination to face.
“The one factor that we mentioned is we had been going to let folks specific themselves,” Kapler mentioned. “We were going to give them the choice on whether they were going to stand, kneel or do something else. That was a personal decision for Sam.”
Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, who signed a 12-year, $365 million contract on Wednesday, and a number of the Giants kneeled in the course of the nationwide anthem.
A number of gamers in the course of the Nationals-Yankees recreation wore T-shirts saying Black Lives Matter throughout batting apply, whereas the letters “BLM” had been stenciled into the again of the mound on the heart of the diamond.
The Related Press contributed to this report.