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SF Giants manager Gabe Kapler says he's concerned about the direction of the country after Texas shooting.
Kapler said he won't be going on to the field for the national anthem.
A gunman fatally shot 21 people including 19 children at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday.
"I don't plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country," Kapler said on Friday.
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In a statement on his website, Kapler said he felt like a 'coward' when he didn't take a knee during the anthem on Wednesday, the day after an 18 year-old gunman shot his grandmother and then drove to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, to fatally shoot 21 people.
"On Wednesday, I walked out onto the field, I listened to the announcement as we honored the victims in Uvalde. I bowed my head. I stood for the national anthem. Metallica riffed on City Connect guitars," Kapler wrote. "My brain said drop to a knee; my body didn't listen. I wanted to walk back inside; instead I froze. I felt like a coward."
He said he didn't want to draw attention away from the victims or their families and call attention to himself.
Kapler added that he was disappointed that he didn't take a stand, despite the concern that some might not understand his kneeling.
"But I am not okay with the state of this country. I wish I hadn't let my discomfort compromise my integrity. I wish that I could have demonstrated what I learned from my dad, that when you're dissatisfied with your country, you let it be known through protest. The home of the brave should encourage this," he said.
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