Several San Francisco Giants players and coaches, including new manager Gabe Kapler, took a knee during the playing of the national anthem Monday night before the team’s exhibition game against the Bay Area-rival Oakland A’s.

Confirmed to be joining Kapler in taking a knee were Jaylin Davis, coach Antoan Richardson, Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.

Kapler, 44, is the first MLB manager to take a knee during the anthem.

He told his Giants team he would be taking a knee before the contest. “I wanted them to know I wasn’t pleased how our country has handled police brutality,” Kapler said.

“I told them I wanted to amplify their voices and amplify the voice of the Black community, and marginalized communities as well.”

Elsewhere Monday night, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Keynan Middleton took a knee during the playing of the anthem, while raising his fist, before the exhibition game against the San Diego Padres.

Via usatoday.com

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