San Francisco Giants player Sam Coonrod made headlines by refusing to kneel before the national anthem on Thursday night against the Dodgers.
According to NBC Sports, Giants’ players took a knee before the national anthem, but their pitcher, Coonrod, didn’t join them. Every member of both teams also kneeled before the anthem. The pitcher also didn’t participate in that action, and as the reason why, he cited his Christian faith.
“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 BLM. 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,” Coonrod explained to the media, according to the same NBC Sports report.
He also said that he “can’t kneel before anything besides God.”
Many conservative outlets, such as The Daily Caller applauded Coonrod for his bravery. Choosing to stand for your own beliefs and doing it alone requires a lot of courage, and Coonrod most definitely has it.
Every single player on the pitch took a knee before the anthem and many didn’t stand while it was played. Coonrod didn’t take a knee for either.
It’s worth noting, that every single player on the Yankees and Nationals also took a knee prior to the anthem Thursday night.