During a moment of “solidarity” during the season opener, players, managers, and coaches on the Giants and Dodgers kneeled together while holding a black cloth before the national anthem. All but one.
San Francisco reliever Sam Coonrod was the only person on either club who did not kneel during the moment used to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
The reason why? His Christian faith.
After the game, Coonrod said because of his Christian faith he “can’t kneel before anything besides God.” He also said he does not agree with everything he has heard about the Black Life Matter movement.
“I’m a Christian, like I said, and I just can’t get on board with a couple of things that I have read about Black Lives Matter. How they lean towards Marxism and they’ve said some negative things about the nuclear family,” Coonrod said, per NBC Sports Bay Area. “I just can’t get on board with that.”
He also said that he “can’t kneel before anything besides God.”
For the team’s part, manager Gabe Kapler — who not only knelt for the BLM moment but also during the national anthem — said he respected Coonrod’s decision to opt out.
“The one thing that we said is we were going to let people express themselves,” Kapler said. “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.”
If you missed it, the MLB provided teams with a long piece of black fabric to signify “unity” before its Opening Day games on Thursday.
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Coonrod’s remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement resembled those of Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, co-owner of the WNBA Atlanta Dream, when she said on Fox News in July that BLM is “based on Marxist principles” and “doesn’t support the nuclear family.”
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