Giants’ Kapler starts protesting after Uvalde


Giants manager Gabe Kapler has said he will refuse to take the field for the national anthem in a protest against the nation’s political direction after this week’s school shooting in Texas.

“I don’t expect him to necessarily move the needle,” Kapler said before the series opener in Cincinnati. “It’s just something I feel enough to take this step.”

Kapler said he needed more time to consider specific actions he could suggest taking to prevent more such tragedies, such as tougher gun control laws. Earlier today he took to his personal blog to discuss the deaths of the 19 children and two teachers killed in Uvalde.

In an article titled “Home of the Brave,” Kapler wrote, “We elect our politicians to represent our interests. Immediately after that shooting, we were told we needed locked doors and armed teachers. We were given thoughts and prayers. We were told it could have been worse, and we just need love.

“But we were not given bravery and we are not free. … We are not free when politicians decide that the lobbying and gun industries are more important than the freedom of our children to go to school without the need for bulletproof backpacks and ‘active fire exercises’.

Kapler was also concerned Friday about a brief altercation between Reds outfielder Tommy Pham and Giants outfielder Joc Pederson before the series opener at Great American Ball Park.

“We are investigating it and learning as much as we can about the incident,” Kapler said. “We take this very seriously. Until we have a clear understanding of what happened, we don’t want to discuss it.


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