Tony La Russa on Gabe Kapler: Flag and anthem 'not appropriate places to try to voice your objections'
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler announced Friday that he will not take the field to play the national anthem "until I feel better about the direction of our country."
Kapler's decision not to attend anthem celebrations follows the horrific shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas that killed 21 people, including 19 children. Other MLB managers have been broadly supportive of Kapler, but the most accomplished member of the coaching community expressed some issues with the Giants manager's attitude.
"I think he's absolutely right to be concerned... about what's happening in our country. He's right there," Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa said of Kapler, per ESPN.
"Where I disagree, the flag and the anthem are not appropriate places to try to air your objections."
The 77-year-old Baseball Hall of Famer said he likes and has "great respect" for Kapler, but says such a demonstration is disrespectful to members and veterans of the US armed forces
“Part of their courage comes from what the flag means to them and when they hear the anthem. You need to understand what the veterans are thinking when they hear the anthem or see the flag. And the costs that they and their families paid," La Russa said.
"And if you really get that, I think it's impossible not to salute the flag and not hear the anthem."
Tony La Russa has a problem with Giants manager Gabe Kapler not attending the national anthem.
La Russa, a three-time World Series champion and second-winning manager of all time, was hardly the only manager to weigh Kapler's actions.
Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Kapler is "brave" in what he is doing.
New York Mets manager Buck Showalter said he respects "how Gabe feels and how he's going about it."
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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who called lawmakers earlier this week, said Kapler is "very passionate about things that he believes in and that's his way of protesting ...
"I don't think any of us are happy about what's going on in our country. I respect people using all platforms to address this."
Contribution: Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tony La Russa has some issues with Gabe Kapler's national anthem
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