In the hours following the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr spoke out about gun violence in the United States. He is now joined by another coach from San Francisco – San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler.
Kapler wrote an article about the shooting. In it, he spoke extensively about the shooting and the frustrations he has with the current state of the country.
In it, he talked about a lesson his father taught him regarding keeping the oath of allegiance.
“When I was the same age as the children of Uvalde, my father taught me to defend the oath of allegiance when I believed that my country represented its people well or to protest and remain seated when it was not not the case. I don’t think that represents us well right now.
He added that after the shootout he wanted to kneel during the Stars and Stripes pre-game that night. Ultimately, however, he didn’t, saying that “My brain told me to drop on one knee; my body didn’t listen. I wanted to walk inside; instead I froze. I felt like a coward.
Kapler then ended his blog with:
“But I don’t agree with the state of this country. I wish I hadn’t let my discomfort compromise my integrity. I wish I could demonstrate what I learned from my father, only when you are not satisfied with your country, you make it known by protest. The house of the brave should encourage this.
As was the case with Kerr, Kapler’s words drew a strong reaction. And while there were a few criticsthe dominant feeling was support.
Steve Kerr isn’t the only Bay Area coach/manager willing to talk. Well done @gabekapler https://t.co/maUa1Gognd
— Ron Kroichick (@ronkroichick) May 27, 2022
Measured but powerful words from the Giants manager, adding his voice to the many calls for change following the Texas shooting https://t.co/QGAzb8VEe4
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 27, 2022
Powerful coin https://t.co/tX7Ps485og
— 🇨🇴🇺🇸 (@iAmRa92) May 27, 2022
Kapler spits https://t.co/vUQlzfNpU0
– local blogger (@fergoe) May 27, 2022
— Ashley Wittgren, MS CSCS (@ashleyecrosby) May 27, 2022
I wish more of us had that kind of courage. https://t.co/ZrEkm2IJPq
— robneyer ⚾️🧗♂️🦉🗽 (@robneyer) May 27, 2022
Phenomenal position of manager of the San Francisco Giants of MLB. https://t.co/IJ8aB1b1iD
—Andy McGeady (@andymcgeady) May 27, 2022
[Gabe Kapler, kaplifestyle.com]