“The flag and the anthem are not appropriate places to express your objections”

After 21 people – including 19 children – were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on Thursday, San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he would not come out for the national anthem until that he wouldn’t feel better about the “leadership of the country”. .”

On Saturday, White Sox manager Tony La Russa said expressing objections to both honoring the flag and the anthem was “not appropriate”.

“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, according to ESPN.

“Where I disagree is that the flag and the anthem are not appropriate places to try to voice your objections.”

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San Francisco Giants coach Gabe Kapler (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

While disagreeing with Kapler’s form of protest, La Russa is quick to point out that he has “great respect” for his San Francisco counterpart. In La Russa’s mind, the problem with the protests during the anthem comes down to respect for veterans.

“Part of their courage comes from what the flag means to them and when they hear the anthem. You have to understand what veterans are thinking when they hear the anthem or see the flag. And the cost they paid and their families,” La Russa explained.

“And if you really understand that, I think it’s impossible not to salute the flag and listen to the anthem.”

La Russa is the second-highest earning manager in MLB history and a three-time World Series champion.

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