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Giants manager Gabe Kapler will no longer stand for the national anthem on the field amid the gun violence in the country

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San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler declared that he will not come out on the field during the national anthem in the light of the recent mass shooting in the United States.

On Tuesday, an 18-year-old boy opened fire at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The incident resulted in the death of at least 19 children and two adults with some of the kids sustaining critical injuries.

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Gabe Kapler announced that he will not stand for the national anthem on the field

Gabe Kapler is showing his disapproval over the latest gun shooting massacre that took the life of 19 innocent children.

The Giants manager is protesting it by not coming out on the field before the national anthem.

He said that he will break the age-long baseball tradition. He will no longer join the players and other coaches on the field for pregame national anthems.

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Kapler publicly talked about his decision shortly before San Francisco Giants played against the Reds at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Friday. 

He said, “I don’t plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country.”

He continued that while he does not expect his protest to necessarily ‘move the needle’, however, he feels ‘strongly enough about to take that step’.

Gabe Kapler’s blog post ‘Home of the Brave?’ reflects on the direction the country is taking

Gabe Kapler took to his blog to explain his stance. He filtered his outrage and grief over the increasing gun violence in the United States. He condemned the Texas school shooting as he wrote the fiery post on Friday.

Kapler started, ‘Players, staff, and fans stood for the moment of silence, grieving the lives lost, and then we (myself included) continued to stand, proudly proclaiming ourselves the land of the free and the home of the brave.’

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He mentioned that he regretted standing for the national anthem referring to the Mets game on Tuesday which was just hours after the Uvalde school massacre.

He said, ‘The day 19 children and 2 teachers were murdered, we held a moment of silence at sporting events around the country, then we played the national anthem, and we went on with our lives.’

The Giant’s manager further reflected, ‘We didn’t stop to reflect on whether we are actually free and brave after this horrific event, we just stood at attention.’

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