San Francisco Giants' manager Gabe Kapler says that beginning with Friday evening's game against the Cincinnati Reds, he will not come out during the playing of the National Anthem.
Kapler explained to the collective media -- including Andrew Baggarly of of The Athletic -- why he's made this decision:
The reigning National League Manager of the Year has made this decision just days after a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas killed at least 21 people, including 19 students.
Golden State Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr made an impassioned plea for the United States Senate to pass gun control legislation Tuesday evening:
Rather than doing that -- or at least forcing a vote -- the United States Senate left for a vacation Wednesday. They aren't set to return until June 6.
On his personal website, Kapler published an article entitled "Home of the Brave?" where he went in-depth on how he feels currently:
"But we weren’t given bravery, and we aren’t free. The police on the scene put a mother in handcuffs as she begged them to go in and save her children. They blocked parents trying to organize to charge in to stop the shooter, including a father who learned his daughter was murdered while he argued with the cops. We aren’t free when politicians decide that the lobbyist and gun industries are more important than our children’s freedom to go to school without needing bulletproof backpacks and active shooter drills.
"I’m often struck before our games by the lack of delivery of the promise of what our national anthem represents. We stand in honor of a country where we elect representatives to serve us, to thoughtfully consider and enact legislation that protects the interests of all the people in this country and to move this country forward towards the vision of the 'shining city on the hill.' But instead, we thoughtlessly link our moment of silence and grief with the equally thoughtless display of celebration for a country that refuses to take up the concept of controlling the sale of weapons used nearly exclusively for the mass slaughter of human beings. We have our moment (over and over), and then we move on without demanding real change from the people we empower to make these changes. We stand, we bow our heads, and the people in power leave on recess, celebrating their own patriotism at every turn."