S.F. Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod did NOT kneel with the rest of his teammates in a showing of support for the Black Lives Matter movement Thursday … saying his religion and his personal feelings about BLM wouldn’t allow him to do it.
“I’m a Christian,” the 27-year-old relief pitcher said, “so I just believe that I can’t kneel before anything besides God.”Major League Baseball is showing support for Black Lives Matter and provided teams with a long piece of black fabric to signify unity before its Opening Day games on Thursday. Others sports league like the NBA are also throwing support for racial equality.
The general manager of the San Francisco Giants supports Black Lives Matter, but also supports those against it. 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.”
Coonrod spoke with reporters after deciding to opt out of the moment when his team went ahead with the same ceremony as seen above. He said he meant “no ill will” by his gesture … and added, “I’m not mad at someone who decided to kneel. I just don’t think it’s too much to ask that I just get the same respect.”
“I just can’t get on board with a couple things I’ve read about Black Lives Matter, how they lean towards Marxism,” Coonrod said. “And … they said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can’t get on board with that.”