San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler previously stated that he would remain inside during the national anthem until he feel better about the direction of the United States. However, he recently admitted that he would be willing to make an exception.
According to Mitch Stacy of The Associated Press, Kapler is considering not doing his protest during the Giants’ Memorial Day contest against the Philadelphia Phillies. He said that the holiday is an important and special day for the country.
“I’m very comfortable taking it day by day,” Kapler said. “I think I’ll just decide what makes the most sense in the moment.
“Memorial Day is an important day in our country’s history and a special day and a unique day,” he said. “I find it to be one that deserves special attention.”
Kapler considering a halt for his protest during the holiday suggests he is not totally serious about his protest. The Giants’ manager made it clear that he was not protesting the American military or its veterans but rather the anthem and the country itself. What’s changing on Memorial Day that suddenly makes the direction of the USA better? It was a veteran who proposed the idea of kneeling during the anthem to Colin Kaepernick in the first place. Not all veterans take offense to it.
White Sox manager Tony La Russa said that he disagreed with Kapler’s decision to use the national anthem as his vehicle to protest. He alleged that it disrespected veterans. Kapler, by entertaining the possibility to stop his protest for one specific holiday, seems to agree at least in part with him.