MLB Pitcher Refuses to Kneel for 'Marxist Black Lives Matter,' Cites Christian Faith
San Francisco Giants Pitcher Sam Coonrod only player to stand for anthem
San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sam Coonrod refused to bow to the Black Lives Matter agenda by taking a knee for the radical-left organization on Thursday night.
Coonrod was the only player who refused to take a knee prior to the national anthem, later explaining that he's aware of their BLM's leftist politics and Marxist leanings.
Also citing his Christian faith, Coonrod said he would never join his teammates in supplication to the far-left agenda because he “can’t kneel before anything besides God.”
After the game, Coonrod also noted that he does not support many of the radical political goals of Black Lives Matter.
During the national anthem before San Francisco Giants' Thursday night game against the Dodgers, every single player and coach for both teams took the knee in support of BLM, except Coonrod.
According to NBC Sports, every member of both teams also kneeled before the anthem, and Coonrod didn’t join them.
The pitcher added that he didn’t make his decision against kneeling until very near the game and also did not discuss his intentions with his team.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he supported Coonrod’s choice.
“The one thing that we said is we were going to let people express themselves,” Kapler said after the game.
“We were going to give them the choice on whether they were going to stand, kneel, or do something else.
"That was a personal decision for Sam.”
Sam Coonrod really out here standing lmfao pic.twitter.com/HzYXkRbOyy— shanahanSZN 🎯 (@ShanahanSZN) July 24, 2020
"I’m a Christian like I said, and I just can’t get on board with a couple of things that I have read about Black Lives Matter,” Coonrod explained to the media, according to the same NBC Sports report.
"How they lean toward Marxism and they’ve said some negative things about the nuclear family.
"I just can’t get on board with that."
He also said that he “can’t kneel before anything besides God.”
"I'm a Christian, like I said, and I just can't get on board with a couple of things that I have read about Black Lives Matter."— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) July 24, 2020
Sam Coonrod explains why he didn’t kneel during the Giants-Dodgers pregame moment of unity (via @PavlovicNBCS) https://t.co/7QI9fgjvvn pic.twitter.com/EZQgd8ZBho
Captioned “today, we are one,” the video of the demonstration posted to social media pointedly did not show Coonrod’s refusal to participate.
"Today, we are one." pic.twitter.com/fqH8NkJm8A— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 24, 2020
The Giants lost the game against local rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a one to eight final score.
It wasn’t at all an isolated incident.
No matter what you think about the national anthem debate, choosing to stand for your beliefs, and doing it alone requires a lot of courage.
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