Kapler To Skip National Anthem In Light Of Uvalde Tragedy

Kapler To Skip National Anthem In Light Of Uvalde Tragedy

Kapler To Skip National Anthem In Light Of Uvalde Tragedy

Yes, San Francisco Giants Manager, Gabe Kapler is set to sit out the National Anthem yet again. In fact, he is skipping it “going forward“, so he says.

This is not Kapler’s first stint at this routine:

Using his platform once again. Kapler told reporters this ahead go the Giants’/Cincinnati Reds game yesterday:

I don’t plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country. That’ll be the step. I don’t expect it to move the needle necessarily. It’s just something I feel strongly enough about to take that step.”-Gabe Kapler

Kapler expressed his thoughts in a lengthy blog post on his lifestyle site.

Every time I place my hand over my heart and remove my hat, I’m participating in a self congratulatory glorification of the ONLY country where these mass shootings take place. On Wednesday, I walked out onto the field, I listened to the announcement as we honored the victims in Uvalde. I bowed my head. I stood for the national anthem. Metallica riffed on City Connect guitars.

My brain said drop to a knee; my body didn’t listen. I wanted to walk back inside; instead I froze. I felt like a coward. I didn’t want to call attention to myself. I didn’t want to take away from the victims or their families.”-Gabe Kapler

Self-congratulatory glorification? By the way, Mr. Kapler. This is the ONLY country that gives you the salaries you and your team command. You didn’t want to call attention to yourself? So, you figured out a shameless way to do this, uh, “going forward”, right? I mean, where was Gabe Kapler in Glendale, Arizona in 2015 where a 17 year-old girl was sexually assaulted and beaten while partying with some ball players? Guess he was concerned about the “direction” things were “going forward” in that situation.

Yet, some of those who have watched the tragedy of Uvalde unfold these past few days are in agreement with Gabe Kapler.

Such a big man, they say. You know what? Kaplar is voicing his opinion. In a country such as ours, he has a right to do that. He also has a right to not stand for the National Anthem and to protest. He is indeed exercising his rights as an American citizen. We cannot fault him for this. We cannot fault the guy for expressing his thoughts on some things needing to change.

I can think of tons of things that need to change in our country. Current laws protecting criminals, the ways in which we handle mental health, the general ideologies that promote violence and morally confused and sometimes utterly morally bankrupt citizens. The discourse in our nation needs to change. You know what else I’d like to see? Those stupid “THIS IS A GUN-FREE ZONE” signs removed from our school campuses.

There are many more things I’d like to see change in our Nation. Using one’s platform in a gesture to further disrespect and divide our nation is not one of them. It’s old. It’s tired. And it is not doing a damn thing to bring the lives of those innocent children back.

Does Kapler have a right to this expression? Yes. I mean, even Colin Kaepernick had the right as an American to kneel in protest. What these overpaid athletes and coaches do not see is that these “protests” do not unify but further divide. They are all the epitome of self-congratulatory. Want to truly protest for gun reform? Take away armed security detail at sporting events, entertainment awards ceremonies and let these athletes, their coaches and the celebrity elite fend for themselves. Now that, I’d like to see.

The irony of this gesture on Memorial Day weekend should not be lost on any of us. We stand because of those we lost. Those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice both on our soil and in other parts of the world. Standing should unify. Kneeling divides.

No, Peggy-Please-Get-Vaccinated we shouldn’t. If we kneel for anything it should be in prayer for better leadership because we need it now more than ever.

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  • Lloyd says:

    What an asshole….He should just move to so,me third world country where he could honor their flag and anthem. His is a meaningless, counter-productive move. This guy is looking for attention.

  • RDM says:

    We’re about 64th in the world in per capita mass shooting rate.

  • Hate_me says:

    Kaepernick’s kneeling for the anthem, initially, was a step toward unity. It was a compromise from remaining seated, and recognition of a handshake from an accomplished veteran and fellow athlete.

    It’s at this point that Kaepernick went wrong (assuming he genuinely wanted to draw attention to perceived injustices rather than his own flagging career – huge assumption). He’d drawn the attention he was seeking and had been shown others were willing to listen. THIS was the time to invite and embrace dialogue.

    He just continued to kneel like the petulant man-child he is.

    3:2 odds, if the Raiders pass on him, he’ll come out as trans.

  • DC says:

    Interestingly Gabe’s own website is open for comments on his actions “going forward”.
    It’s not hard to find via Google but I’d rather not promote the
    sanctimonious derp more than just mentioning his name. I will say if I wanted his opinion on firearms or freedom…well NO.
    Good article Lisa. Thanks.

  • Howy says:

    Yes! More disunity. That’ll help.

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