Chicago White Sox newly hired manager Tony La Russa claims he doesn’t have “a racist bone” in his body.
During his intro presser on Thursday, La Russa applauded the awareness that’s come into society and sports in 2020. Furthermore, La Russa said he’ll support his players that use their platform for protest.
“Not only do I respect, but I applaud the awareness that’s come into not just society but especially sports. … There’s not a racist bone in my body, La Russa said, via Chris Emma of 670 The Score.
Tony La Russa said he would support White Sox players using their platform for protest, saying his views have changed.
He said: "Not only do I respect, but I applaud the awareness that's come into not just society but especially sports. … There's not a racist bone in my body."
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) October 29, 2020
It’s worth mentioning that La Russa was against kneeling during the national anthem four seasons ago when he was Chief Baseball Officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. La Russa claimed that Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest was disrespectful and he would not allow his team to do it back in 2016. However, as he mentioned during his intro presser, his views have changed in 2020.
This past season, White Sox stars Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, Lucas Giolito and Jose Abreu were among those taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial discrimination in the United States. Based on La Russa’s intro presser, it seems like he’ll support his players if they decide to kneel again during the national anthem next season.
The 76-year-old La Russa, named as the White Sox manager on Thursday, will be seeking to lead the team to their first championship in 16 years. They have a bright future ahead of them—and with La Russa’s championship experience as a skipper, they’ll certainly be a contending team in the near future.