Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa said Saturday that he doesn’t agree with the choice of San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler to protest the national anthem within the wake of a faculty shooting in Texas that left 21 victims dead.
“I believe he’s exactly right to be concerned…with what’s happening in our country,” La Russa said Saturday evening, ESPN reported. “He’s right there. Where I disagree is the flag and the anthem aren’t appropriate places to attempt to voice your objections.”
The day before, Kapler said he’ll skip out on the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” within the pregame ceremony “going forward.” He also clarified his decision in an op-ed saying he’s “not okay with the state of this country.”
The White Sox manager said protesting the national anthem is an insult to the lads and girls who served and died within the U.S. military to defend it.
“A few of their courage comes from what the flag means to them and after they hear the anthem,” La Russa said before the White Sox ultimately fell to the Cubs 5 to 1. “You want to understand what the veterans think after they hear the anthem or see the flag. And the associated fee they paid and their families. And in the event you truly understand that, I believe it’s inconceivable to not salute the flag and hearken to the anthem.”
Gabe Kapler said he would skip out on the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” within the pregame ceremony “going forward.”Getty Images
In an op-ed, Kapler said he was taught the national anthem and the American flag were to be revered but that he doesn’t imagine it’s representative of America’s current condition.
“After I was the identical age as the youngsters in Uvalde, my father taught me to face for the pledge of allegiance once I believed my country was representing its people well or to protest and stay seated when it wasn’t,” Kapler wrote. “I don’t imagine it’s representing us well immediately.”
Tony La Russa said he disagrees on protesting the flag and anthem because they’re not “appropriate places to attempt to voice your objections.”MLB Photos via Getty Images
Kapler’s decision received mixed reactions as others supported the protest.
Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward called the protest “brave.”
“I believe we’re all frustrated, especially on this country,” Woodward said, ESPN reported. “No person’s completely happy. It’s not about which side you’re on. It’s just we’ve got to recover as a society. … I’m not going to actually make comment either way on whether I might or wouldn’t do what he did.”
The protest got here after an 18-year-old suspected gunman fatally shot 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday with guns he purchased days after his birthday.